Followup: Bail reduced for West Seattle burglary/theft suspect

gavel.jpgA court appearance this morning for 19-year-old Skyelar Hailey, charged with two counts of burglary after an incident last month that started with the theft of a teacher’s purse at West Seattle High School, continued with items being taken from an acquaintance’s home nearby, and ended with a foot pursuit involving police (all detailed here): According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Hailey pleaded not guilty, and the judge cut his bail from $25,000 to $15,000. He is still in jail as of this moment, according to the county’s online jail register. As reported here Tuesday, the 17-year-old girl who was with him when this all happened is charged with burglary and ID theft, and also has pleaded not guilty.

34 Replies to "Followup: Bail reduced for West Seattle burglary/theft suspect"

  • Rick September 3, 2009 (5:28 pm)

    At the rate this kid’s dodging bullets he’ll probably be presented a key to the city by the time he’s 21.

  • Islewrite September 3, 2009 (6:27 pm)

    Nah. He’s going to enter the wrong house one day and get his head blown off. His “luck” can last only so long.

  • Sacatosh September 3, 2009 (6:28 pm)

    What is this judge thinking? Why on earth would a person reduce bail for someone like this kid?

    I’d encourage those of you who give a hoot to write a letter to the court letting the judge know what a menace this kid is to the neighborhood(s) – the court does actually pay attention when a community speaks up en masse.

  • jeannie September 3, 2009 (6:57 pm)

    I’ll write a letter, but can we get the name of the genius judge? And should the letter go to King County Court or the judge?

  • Diana September 3, 2009 (7:13 pm)

    Sacotosh, the community has spoken. The community has written. We have done our part. Some laws may need changing. When it’s time to vote we all need to pay attention to elected judges, prosecutors, and legislative representatives. Review their history, their experience, and their position on these issues. SPD needs our support and I bet right now they are as frustrated as we all are.

  • Rick September 3, 2009 (7:42 pm)

    If we pay his bail can we ship him to one of those countries where the really rehab chronic criminals? I’ll help with the airfare.

  • bridge to somewhere September 3, 2009 (9:00 pm)

    which judge was it?

  • TheHouse September 3, 2009 (9:07 pm)

    Our legal system sucks on many different levels.

  • Leroniusmonkfish September 3, 2009 (9:07 pm)

    Rick – I’m in! I just won the Nigerian Lotto and sent off my money order to collect my winnings! Somalia might be looking for some experienced thieves?

  • SSS September 3, 2009 (9:14 pm)

    Why in the world would the judge reduce the bail with as much trouble as this guy/kid has been in. Sounds like were telling him keep doing it because we’ll just let you off easy. At what point is he going to be held accountable?

  • Leroniusmonkfish September 3, 2009 (9:27 pm)

    When he kills someone during a botched burglary?

  • WSB September 3, 2009 (9:27 pm)

    Re: The judge.
    Judge Sharon Armstrong was scheduled as the judge hearing criminal cases in E-1201 this morning, which is the courtroom where he was scheduled on the 8:30 am lineup – which I wasn’t able to find out till 9 am. I say that only because there is possibly a small chance that someone else made the decision; until any document from the hearing comes online, I don’t know for sure, which is why I quote the PAO above – having not been in the courtroom (which at this stage of cases is a massive Grand Central Station sort of proceeding – I have been up there several times before – defendants come thru practically every five or ten minutes, huge clusters of lawyers mill around the bench, which is separated from the narrow gallery by a thick wall of glass, and you can only hear the proceedings through a tinny overhead speaker).
    Any paperwork generated by this hearing is not likely to wind up in the first tier of online court records till after Labor Day. I have just applied to get the more expensive type of access that large newsrooms have, so that we can get more information on more cases in a more timely manner, in hopes that improves our coverage even further, because we’re committed to tracking more cases through the justice system rather than just telling you “well, somebody was arrested” and then who knows what happened after that.

  • WTF September 3, 2009 (10:12 pm)

    This POS is going to post his 10% (probably by having his friends fence stolen property). Then he’ll boast on MySpace (do people still use MySpace?!) about how he’s so cool, “dope”, “sick”, giggy (whatever the F that means) that he walked on…..

    The judge should be ashamed of themselves. Lock your doors & bolt your windows. Once again the bleeding heart liberals in our Seattle judicial system think it’s “OK” to let a career criminal on the streets….A gain. Pathetic. If you guys were in corporate America, I’d fire your ass.

  • cjboffoli September 3, 2009 (10:34 pm)

    WTF: Right you are. He already proudly posted photos from the WSB coverage (back in April) of his sentencing hearing on his MySpace profile. I suppose it will reappear on his Christmas card this year too. I doubt he’ll remember to properly credit me for the work. :-)

  • bridge to somewhere September 3, 2009 (10:42 pm)

    Christopher: OMG, you should sue him! That’d be just perfect! :-)

  • Sad_about_the Library September 3, 2009 (11:08 pm)

    Here’s a picture of that idiot. Keep your eye out for him!

  • Sad_about_the_Library September 3, 2009 (11:21 pm)

    Sorry- this what Skyelar looks like, fyi. Cick on “sad about the library” — and I am. :(

  • old timer September 3, 2009 (11:24 pm)

    @ Diana –
    ” Review their history, their experience, and their position on these issues.”
    Great sentiment, but where is that information available?
    It’s certainly not in the voters pamphlet; and, who has the time, energy, and knowledge to try to comb through who knows what records, kept who knows where, to accumulate a judges decision record?
    We need more ‘transparency’, to borrow a current financial term.
    And, some kind of accountability/feedback loop would be really nice too.

  • WSB September 4, 2009 (12:03 am)

    Christopher, did he really? Well, if you’re available later in the court process, we’ll have some new ones … the next few hearings will be case-settings but eventually here there’s another trial ahead, or plea bargain …
    PS to “Sad about the Library.” We have published his photo before. And will again. But if you missed it, here’s the previous coverage:
    Jail register shows him still in, btw.

  • Leroniusmonkfish September 4, 2009 (12:39 am)

    He’s the punk ass that I watched a while back karate kicking cars on the SE corner of Cali and College. My car was across the street at Blockbuster when I watched him randomly kick cars. I hopped into mine and followed him behind the Admiral Pub only to come across about 12 kids…didn’t realize it was a oneway so had to turn around in the Pubs back lot. Pulled out a POS digital camera I keep in the glovebox for insurance purposes and started snapping off pics for the “flash” effect…they ALL started running like the lil pansies they are…

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 4, 2009 (8:47 am)

    Why are people referring to this POS as a “kid”. He is NOT a kid. He decided to commit an ADULT crime, treat him as an ADULT. Call him by what his actions dictate!!!
    Don’t make the excuses that are so prevalent in society today, i.e. he had no father, he was a victim of abuse, his mother is an addict…etc.
    This also goes for his accomplice in the latest crime committed by this scumbag. You CAN NOT tell me that at 19 and 17 they don’t know the difference between what is “right” and what is “wrong.”
    As long as there are people out the who “feel sorry” about these types of people, crime will continue to increase, esp. in our youth population.

  • Mike September 4, 2009 (9:27 am)

    And thus why I carry a crowbar in my pickup.

  • Mmm September 4, 2009 (10:24 am)

    At least no enamored chicklet has come by claiming her loving pot o’ honey is going to make him a spectacular and righteous man. The young adults I’ve met who know him from school (even those with their own mischievous days past) know him as a POS who’d scam anyone, anytime.

  • seven September 4, 2009 (10:34 am)

    Why don’t you just burn effigies of him in the streets? Sounds to me like this punk loves the attention all of you are bestowing on him.

  • Wha? September 4, 2009 (10:45 am)

    Rather be praised than punished, rather be punished than ignored.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 4, 2009 (11:42 am)

    Sure seven…lets just ignore him and hopefully he will go away. In fact, lets just ignore all crime and I’m sure that it will disappear.
    I say we plaster this POS’ face all over and when he gets out everyone should know what he looks like and what he has done.
    The problem is in the meting out of justice. We have allowed people like this to get away with criminal acts when they are younger, that they have no fear to continue committing crimes, they have the impression that “Hey, I got away with it before, why not now? Even if I do get caught they won’t do anything to me.” Mean while those of us who are victims are the ones ignored by the justice system and to a greater extent; a society that puts more worth on the rights of criminals than victims.

  • Kayleigh September 4, 2009 (11:42 am)

    If only righteous anger vented on the Internet actually helped prevent crime.

  • Catherine September 4, 2009 (1:48 pm)

    Wow, what a loser.

  • Gabriele September 4, 2009 (2:57 pm)

    Has anyone checked his myspace page out.
    It’s not just him, his ‘associates’ are trying to fence stolen goods, looking for an 8th for their MUM!…etc.
    Do prosecutors check myspace pages? Maybe they should!

  • seven September 4, 2009 (5:21 pm)

    an “8th” is an 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana. about 40 bucks depending on the quality. i can get it for 30 but it’s not the best, strong enough for a lightweight like me but probably not the “bombest dope” for these kids.

    ya diggin my schiz nit?

  • seven September 4, 2009 (5:32 pm)

    When he’s released we should force him to wear a red C so everyone can know him for the criminal he is!

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 4, 2009 (7:56 pm)

    Sounds good seven!!!
    He would be required to where that “red C” until he has PROVEN that he has become a PRODUCTIVE member of society, instead of a drain on it!!!

  • bridge to somewhere September 5, 2009 (1:07 pm)

    i think that myspace page is an indication of just what the challenges are with folks like this. it is difficult to change behavior through brief interventions of people — even people with power like judges — or places (like jails). when your friends are openly hitting you up about [potentially] fencing ipods to buy drugs for themselves and their mothers (yikes!), that’s a good sign that your life has taken a turn toward the useless and you’ve driven down that road quite a ways. it would take a strong individual indeed to right that course. is this kid a strong individual? for his sake let’s hope he can become one. fast.

  • mp September 5, 2009 (1:28 pm)

    Judge Susan Armstrong’s email address:

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