'Tuba Man' killers sentenced

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by By / KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 21 at 11:27 AM

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SEATTLE -- Three teens who killed a Seattle street musician known as "Tuba Man" were sentenced in King County Juvenile Court and may get out of jail in a few weeks.

In a deal with prosecutors, the three boys pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death last November of 53-year-old Ed McMichael. He was beaten and robbed at a bus stop near Seattle Center.

McMichael was known for wearing whimsical hats as he played his tuba outside Seattle sporting events. A crowd of about 1,500 turned out for his memorial service.

The 15-year-old received 36 weeks, 24 of which he has alread served. The two 16-year-olds got 76 weeks after pleading guilty to a separate robbery earlier in the day. That 76 weeks includes time already served.

Because the teens were 15 at the time of the crime with no prior criminal history, they could not be charged as adults.

In announcing the plea deals earlier this month, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said because there were no witnesses who came forward, he could not move forward with the case without the guilty pleas.

"We're completely satisfied with the prosecutors. They've explained to us the law," said Ed's brother, Kelsey.

The mother of one of the teens apologized to the McMichael Family.

"It's an embarrassment. Truly an embarrassment. My child was not raised like this. My heart hurts. My heart is heavy," she said.

One of the boys told the judge he will change.

"I apologize for being at the wrong place at the wrong time," said the boy.

"We still have our moments. We still feel the loss," said Kelsey.

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