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June 19, 2009
Former King County Assessor sentenced to eight months for drunk driving crash

SEATTLE—Today in King County Superior Court, former King County Assessor Russell Scott Noble was sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of felony vehicular assault in a drunken crash that injured him and two others on Jan. 18.

The standard sentencing range for this crime is three to nine months in jail. The Attorney General’s Office recommended the maximum.

“This sentence demonstrates that driving drunk is a serious crime that cannot be tolerated,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “Mr. Noble could have easily killed himself and the two victims in the other car due to his poor judgment. Today’s penalty reflects the seriousness of his crime and I hope it brings closure to both him and his victims.”

Noble resigned as assessor Thursday. Per state law governing elected officials convicted of felony crimes, Noble will not be eligible for public office in the future.

Media Contacts:
Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725


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