CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Convicted rapist Chayce Hanson sentenced

A little over a month ago, a King County Superior Court jury found 43-year-old Chayce Hanson guilty of five felonies including rape and witness tampering. Today, Hanson was sentenced to 25 years in prison – 304 months, including a 24-month “enhancement” for committing assault with sexual motivation. The victim, also a West Seattle resident, was an acquaintance; the jury found Hanson guilty of vehicular assault for getting into a crash that left her seriously hurt, and then raping her while she was in such bad shape she couldn’t even yell for help. He was convicted of witness tampering for later trying to get her to sign a document saying he had not raped her. The 25-year sentence is at the upper range of what the prosecution recommended for Hanson, who has served time in prison before, for killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in Renton in 2000; that case gained added notoriety because a state Supreme Court ruling known as the “Andress decision” overturned murder convictions including his. He then pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He has been in jail more than two years already this time, arrested in April 2017, and that will be credited toward his sentence.

21 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Convicted rapist Chayce Hanson sentenced"

  • S - in West Seattle May 18, 2019 (8:08 am)

    This is just sad and another example of how our Justice system is broken. This person doesn’t deserve to be let out in 25 years, he should be locked up longer or for life. What he did and has done shows he is not a productive member of society.  

  • ttt May 18, 2019 (8:35 am)

    Ridiculous that he ever got out of jail after killing a 2 year old. I am glad he is put away for the rest of his life. 

  • thee May 18, 2019 (9:42 am)

    In the courtroom, Hanson, his layer, his mother and his daughter all attempted to blame the victim. It was a shocking, vulgar display. Two interesting notes also from the courtroom:1. Hanson’s sentence is “indeterminate.” THis means that after he severs the minimum of 304 months he will be subject to a hearing. “If the decision is for parole, a plan is made to move the inmate into the community (parole). That plan may call for the inmate spending time in a prison program or work-release before release. If the decision is against parole, time is added, and a new minimum term is set.”2. The judge also set a restitution hearing, During the sentencing, Hanson accused the victim of “trying to ruin my family and steal my business” (which, incidentally, is where the entire grisly trail began). It’s not hard to imagine that the victim would also file a civil suit, which would certainly put the future of his restaurant in peril. Source: In the courtroom

    • flimflam May 18, 2019 (11:41 am)

      wow. what a piece of work. still unbelievable that he was even out to be able to do this heinous crime after killing a 2 year old.

  • old timer May 18, 2019 (10:29 am)

    So, what happened to the sentence he got for manslaughter?Is this 25 years in addition – combined?When does he become eligible for parole?Not enough penalty on this creep,  IMO.

  • In the courtroom 2 May 18, 2019 (1:30 pm)

    Chayce Hanson- owner of local restaurant Jones BBQ being handcuffed after sentencing. 

  • Suzanne Krom May 18, 2019 (2:13 pm)

    He has a restaurant?? Which one? I want to make sure I never go near it.

    • I’m the courtroom 2 May 18, 2019 (7:40 pm)

      Suzanne- He owns Jones BBQ on Fauntleroy 

      • William May 19, 2019 (9:26 pm)

        That’s false information he never owned Jones Barbeque he was an employee who was fired!

        • In the courtroom 2 May 20, 2019 (5:04 pm)

          The state of Washington Department of Revenue seems to support my assertion. He also has admitted to ownership in open court.

      • Lance Jones May 20, 2019 (2:28 pm)

        False information 

  • Calires May 18, 2019 (7:24 pm)

    What is his affiliation with Jones Barbeque?  Looking back at the article from APRIL 9, 2017 there doesn’t seem to be actual evidence that he is the owner.  I mean, fair enough to boycott any business that this dangerous predator owns, but it would be unfortunate if this is just a rumor and caused harm to a business.  (I know nothing about Jones BBQ or their ownership and have never even eaten there –  just curiosity on my part.)

    • In the courtroom 2 May 18, 2019 (9:26 pm)

      Calires- I would not make a statement of association without proper evidence to back it up. As Miws stated, there was a female ‘Chayce Hanson’ who was associated with the business as well- this being his daughter who did work there for a period of time. As per the WA state department of revenue, you can clearly see Chayce Hanson listed as governing person (ie owner) of Jones BBQ. A fact that is on the record and admitted to in the records of this current court case. 

  • miws May 18, 2019 (9:02 pm)

    Here’s a link from one of the comments in the 2017 WSB article that Calires linked to. Apparently, there was a woman of the same name, same spelling, that was a manager at Jones BBQ for a little over a year in 2015-2016:

    • In the courtroom too May 18, 2019 (9:21 pm)

      Chayce Hanson’s daughter is also named Chayce Hanson, thus why you found her involved with the business. Per the WA department of revenue website, you will see Chayce Hanson (not the daughter, listed as governing people, or owner)  

  • Blevins May 19, 2019 (11:51 am)

    I typically like to stay off the comment section here these days, but just to throw something out there, maybe it should be more widely circulated that an as far as I know still operational WS restaurant is owned by a convicted child killing rapist?

  • andy May 20, 2019 (5:36 am)

    He murdered a two year old? He should have gotten life for that!

  • Alex S. May 20, 2019 (12:35 pm)

    Let a violent offender out early and he will almost always be emboldened to commit another vicious crime. Thanks, Washington State Supreme Court

  • TTT May 20, 2019 (10:01 pm)

    We will be going to pecks pit from now on!

  • Clara May 22, 2019 (1:46 pm)

    As a victim of property damage due to attempted auto theft as well as theft and property damage resulting from car prowls, i suggest that our justice system would not only serve a more comprehensive sample of the poplulation but overall work better if the police and prosecutors focused less resources on investigating and prosecuting property crimes and more resources on protecting people and their bodies.  I get sick of reading about shoplifting and car prowls when by comparison so few cases of rape and assault lead to accountability for perpetrators.  A man in a wheel chair was in jail for over a month for stealing perfume from tj maxx (probably for his wife) whereas our city routinely allows men who asssault and rape their wices/girlfriends to leave court with no criminal records and holds them accountable by notoriously ineffective dv treatment.   Personally i think the disabled man who stole perfume for his wife is less a threat to society than the polished , well respected dv perp who hankers for power control and superiority over his wife/family.   I wonder if the issue might be that society sanctions and rewards dynamics of power and control outside of bodily injury and so many of the dv perpetrators see themselves reflected in the police, attorneys and judges who seek justice on behalf of victims and vice versa. 

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