Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


SEATTLE—Today in King County Superior Court, King County Assessor Russell Scott Noble pled guilty to one count of felony vehicular assault under the driving under the influence (DUI) prong. Sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. on June 19 in Superior Court Judge Michael J. Fox’s  courtroom, E-815. 

The Attorney General’s Office, represented by Assistant Attorney General Melanie Tratnik, on March 6 charged Noble with two counts of vehicular assault, one for each victim in a wrong-way drunken driving accident on Jan. 18. Today the state amended its filings to reflect Noble’s plea.

“Throughout this negotiation, the attorney general’s office insisted on two things: First that Mr. Noble would be charged with a felony and second that he would serve jail time,” said Attorney General Rob McKenna. “He caused a terrible accident that easily could have killed himself and the two victims in the other car. His guilty plea to felony vehicular assault guarantees he will spend several months in jail which is appropriate given the seriousness of this offense.”

The standard sentencing range is three to nine months in jail and the Attorney General’s Office is recommending the maximum.

Per state law governing elected officials convicted of felony crimes, Noble will forfeit his office and will not be eligible for public office in the future.

Amended Information
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Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725