West Seattle Crime Watch: Repeat offender Emanuel Kozma sentenced

Nine months ago, 33-year-old Emanuel Kozma was found in a treehouse, where he’d tried to hide from police searching for him in connection with package and mail thefts in Alki. He subsequently was charged with three felonies and has been in jail since his original arrest on January 8th. Last month, a jury found him guilty of theft; today, he was sentenced – and is about to go free, having been sentenced to what amounted to time served.

In addition to the theft case, Kozma also had pleaded guilty to two other charges – one, a plea bargain that brought the burglary charge in the Alki case down to criminal trespass, the other in a case for which he had a warrant out for his arrest when caught in Alki. In that case, he pleaded guilty to felony harassment. Charging documents in that case say he had threatened to shoot and kill an 18-year-old woman who was described as a friend, when she avoided responding to his requests to drive him to a probation appointment. The threat happened near Kozma’s home in White Center in the summer of 2014.

Court documents say Kozma’s criminal record – with three and a half pages of convictions – goes back 20 years, to age 12, with what’s described as “numerous misdemeanors and felonies” along the way, including harassment, assault, indecent exposure, and weapons charges. Today, Judge Dean Lum sentenced Kozma to a year in jail, suspended while he is monitored for two years, plus what amounted to the time he’s served since the January arrest, 274 days. He’s still on the King County Jail Register right now, but court documents say the judge signed the order for his release (a drug warrant from Everett is still listed on the register, and it’s not clear whether that’s been resolved, so we’ll continue checking on his post-sentencing status). The photo above, by the way, is the most recent one the state Corrections Department had when we requested it after his arrest.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Repeat offender Emanuel Kozma sentenced"

  • JanS October 9, 2015 (11:40 pm)

    peachy guy, there. Wonder how long it will be before he’s incarcerated again…

  • Jeanie October 10, 2015 (3:27 am)

    Oh, I’m sure he’ll NEVER get in trouble again! Infuriating, isn’t it. P.S. That ghastly facial hair is going to give me nightmares.

  • Smitty October 10, 2015 (6:12 am)

    Whatever happened to “three strikes(caught), you’re out”? Was that repealed?

  • Chuck October 10, 2015 (7:45 am)

    At least it makes him easy to identify when someone finds him in their living room.

  • Jason October 10, 2015 (9:39 am)

    The three strikes rule applies to violent felonies, not general running amok and stealing junk.

  • Eric October 10, 2015 (10:08 am)

    What a joke! 3 1/2 pages of felonies and misdemeanors and still a slap on the wrist. I’ve seen this guy before too.

  • KT October 10, 2015 (10:46 am)

    “Stealing junk” – not so sure a victim might agree with that description.

    • WSB October 10, 2015 (10:59 am)

      The items with which he was found or associated included probable stolen mail, with checks, as well. Aside from the description, though, that is the answer to the three strikes question. Despite the length of his record, it’s non-strike offenses. The state Legislature site is down at the moment so I can’t directly link to the actual law, but a seattlepi.com Q/A type look at it five years ago included this excerpt from the text, of the offenses that count:

      (b)(i) Has been convicted of: (A) Rape in the first degree, rape of a child in the first degree, child molestation in the first degree, rape in the second degree, rape of a child in the second degree, or indecent liberties by forcible compulsion; (B) any of the following offenses with a finding of sexual motivation: Murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, homicide by abuse, kidnapping in the first degree, kidnapping in the second degree, assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, assault of a child in the first degree, assault of a child in the second degree, or burglary in the first degree; or (C) an attempt to commit any crime listed in this subsection (36)(b)(i); …

      I just went back and looked at the report with all of Kozma’s convictions and the assault cases were all 3rd or 4th degree. Not enough details to know if that’s how they were originally charged or if there were plea bargains, but it’s a reminder of one impact that plea bargains can have (or juries convicting on lesser charges), if the original charge was a “strike offense” and the resulting charge was not. (Which would seem to be the case here too, with the burglary charge reduced to criminal trespass.) – TR

  • Jim P. October 10, 2015 (2:26 pm)

    Judges, and the law, should be merciful when there is need and when such mercy will help. This isn’t one of those times.

    He’ll be back, over and over and over until he kills someone or someone kills him.

  • candrewb October 10, 2015 (6:11 pm)

    He really has that birthday-magician thing going there.

  • faceless October 11, 2015 (1:46 pm)

    Why don’t they make him pay restitution in the form of labor back to his community that he so lovingly robs from?

    • WSB October 11, 2015 (2:14 pm)

      A restitution hearing will be held later. I should go back in some of these types of cases and see what that amounted to …

  • tom October 11, 2015 (11:31 pm)

    Dirt bag

  • Tim October 28, 2015 (9:04 am)

    You know what I know this man and he is a really good friend of mine. He was only doing what he knows how to do to take care of him self. All you people looking down at him make me sick. Yes he was wrong by commiting these crimes but you don’t know his situation and in fact he is a really kind hearted man. I trust this man with my life and the lives of my children. To my kids he is uncle Emanual and that means more to them and me then what any of you have to say.

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