Rob Costello and Howard Fischer of the state Attorney General’s Office protest that the state’s liability burden is unfair (Viewpoint, 12-29), citing the McGuire case as an example. Unfortunately, they have misrepresented and omitted the facts of that case.
Tracy Enoch-Jevne, an offender under state supervision, had a lengthy criminal history of more than 20 misdemeanor and five felony convictions, including four DUIs. On the day in question in 1999, she ran over and killed Michael McGuire at a gas station while driving a truck from the passenger seat.
Costello and Fischer fail to mention that the offender was supposed to be in jail on that day, serving a sentence for a DUI conviction. Incompetence by King County and the City of Algona caused her erroneous release from jail two months before she finished her sentence.
The state had responsibility to supervise this offender as part of a conviction. She refused to undergo supervision. The state called the offender “a threat to the community” and acknowledged her refusal to submit to supervision, yet did nothing to supervise or apprehend her.
As a result, the offender was free to run over and kill McGuire. He left a widow, Susan, and a teenage son, Morgan, without a husband, father and breadwinner.
When public servants plead for special relief and cite facts, they ought to cite the facts accurately and completely. We should expect no less from our attorney general and his subordinates.
(Bulzomi was one of Susan McGuire’s attorneys.)