SEATTLE — The boy who watched his father shot to death over a diamond ring posted for sale on Craigslist is suing the state Department of Corrections, claiming it did not do enough to supervise two felons later convicted of killing his dad, The News Tribune reported.
Three years after the murder, James Sanders Jr., now 17, is seeking unspecified monetary damages, in a lawsuit filed on his behalf by his mother.
James Sanders Sr., was murdered in their Edgewood home during a home-invasion robbery in April 2010. His attackers were responding to an ad for a diamond ring for sale the elder Sanders had posted on Craigslist. Sanders and his wife were tied up and beaten and their son was pistol-whipped. Sanders Sr. was shot when he tried to fight back.
Gunman Kiyoshi Higashi and Joshua Reese were two of four people convicted of first-degree murder in the case. In the lawsuit, James Sanders Jr. contends Higashi and Reese were under the supervision of the Department of Corrections for previous felony convictions.
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