Drunk, wrong-way driver who killed woman pleads guilty

wrong way victim carSEATTLE — The King County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Michael Anthony Robertson pleaded guilty to DUI vehicular homicide for a collision on state road 520 that killed a woman. The crash took place about 5:30 a.m. on April 4.

Morgan Williams, 58, was driving to her job at Eddie Bauer’s in Bellevue when Robertson struck her head-on. At the scene of the accident, police said they could smell alcohol on Robertson’s breath.

Robertson also pleaded guilty to a prior DUI case from Tacoma. He faces a sentence range from 78 to 102 months in prison, in addition to a 24-month sentencing enhancement for the Tacoma DUI. Prosecutors said they will recommend the top of the range sentence of 126 months in prison.

Last year, the state legislature approved a bill that doubled the standard range for DUI vehicular homicide. The bill makes the sentencing equal to an indictment for first-degree manslaughter.

Robertson, 25,will be sentenced July 26 at 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse.

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5 comments

  • Life for Death

    People who choose to drink and drive, and kill another human being in the process deserve life sentencing. Period. There is no excuse to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

  • guest

    At least he did one right thing, pleading guilty instead of forcing the family (and the taxpayers) to endure a trial!

  • NAVYTOWN

    Kill someone by driving drunk, get ten years in prison. He'll be out in five years, mark my words. In this state we just give a slap on the wrist to drunk drivers. A DUI isn't even a FELONY until the third time…or is it the fourth time??? How about the FIRST DUI being a FELONY????? I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the liquor industry isn't giving payoffs to politicians to keep the laws lenient on drunk drivers.

  • anon

    this youngster chose to drive drunk. no one forced him to.he may be a nice young man, but bottom line, a woman was killed by his thoughtless actions. he needs to pay with his life. he is wasting way too much air. hang him and move on.