CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Guilty plea for man who shot two at Alki Beach two years ago

(WSB photo, February 2020)

Two years after two men were shot at Alki Beach, the man who did it is about to be sentenced. Checking back on various case files today, we discovered that 23-year-old Allan D. Hawley will be sentenced this Friday (March 4th) after pleading guilty in the February 2, 2020, shootings. Court documents say he was at the beach with the victims, both 21 years old at the time, early that morning, and that he lied to police, saying a stranger shot them while trying to rob them; video from a security camera nearby showed that he was actually the shooter, though the motive remains unknown. One man was shot in the head; the other, who left the scene before police arrived, turned up at a Federal Way hospital with a gunshot wound to his ankle. Hawley was arrested days later and charged with two counts of first-degree assault; earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to those charges, but the plea agreement calls for one count to be dismissed at his sentencing. The court documents also says prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 7 years and 9 months in prison, with credit for the two years he’s already been incarcerated. For someone with a minimal record (one juvenile felony conviction, for burglary), that’s the low end of the “standard” range. Hawley, previously a Marysville resident, will also be on probation (which our state calls “community custody”) for three years after getting out.

16 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Guilty plea for man who shot two at Alki Beach two years ago"

  • CarDriver February 27, 2022 (6:05 pm)

    Any update on the ally (61st & Stevens) shooter??

    • WSB February 27, 2022 (6:13 pm)

      Knew you’d ask that. It’s one of the many cases I checked on today. Still working its way through the legal system, now with a trial date maybe this spring, though the trial date – like many cases – has been reset multiple times. Defendant is still in jail.

  • CarDriver February 27, 2022 (6:28 pm)

    Did find out his victim fully recovered physically.

  • Also John February 27, 2022 (8:29 pm)

    So 2 years ago a video captures the dude shooting two men and he’s just now in court?

    • WSB February 27, 2022 (8:58 pm)

      No, as reported and linked, he was arrested and charged within days. Many court appearances have ensued. I don’t usually write about routine court appearances – arraignments, case schedulings, etc. We do write about pleas, trials, and sentencings.

  • Runner February 28, 2022 (6:41 am)

    Did I read that right, only 7 years and 9 months for killing one person and shooting another??

    • WSB February 28, 2022 (9:59 am)

      Both victims survived.

    • carole February 28, 2022 (10:06 am)

      After credit for the two years he served in county jail and any good time credit (approximately 1/3) he may earn in prison, he’ll actually do a little over 3 years in prison.

      • wscommuter March 1, 2022 (10:00 am)

        @Carole, just a clarification.  Actually, on Assault 1, he will get 1/6 off for good time, not 1/3.  This is because Assault 1 is a “serious violent offense” under the state Sentencing Reform Act.  

  • Eddie February 28, 2022 (7:43 am)

    I think the noteworthy part of this is that the guy actually plead Guilty. When was the last time you heard that? People get caught red handed, in the act, with dozens of witnesses, and they plead Not Guilty. Burns my bacon!

    • WSB February 28, 2022 (9:58 am)

      “Not guilty” is the standard plea at arraignment, and this defendant pleaded not guilty at arraignment too. The guilty plea, which typically results from negotiations, is a much more common resolution of cases than going to trial and getting a verdict that way. We report the resolutions when we find the info – it is a challenge because it means first we have to have the defendant’s name (the name’s not available from police unless the suspect was booked into jail), then I have to keep checking the file over months and in this case years. – TR

  • Kat Shimon February 28, 2022 (9:45 am)

    Wow! That seems like a really light sentence for someone who shot two people, regardless of the motive.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident February 28, 2022 (3:30 pm)

    Hmmm…No charges for the ILLEGAL possession of a handgun?

    • WSB February 28, 2022 (9:10 pm)

      Use of a firearm is part of the first-degree assault charge.

      • carole March 1, 2022 (12:40 am)

        Yes, use is an element of the charge. But the prosecutor’s office could have added an enhancement of felon in possession, which would add another 5 years, with no good time, to be served before he starts his 93 months. 

  • 22blades March 1, 2022 (3:52 am)

    Are we trying to rival Third & Pike here? I felt better in Times Square in the 80’s. That’s a pretty low bar.

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