SEATTLE - An 18-year-old accused of killing a Tukwila girl because he “just felt like hurting someone” changed his plea in the case to guilty Tuesday morning.
Kolby Clark is charged with killing 17-year-old Jasmyn Tully last March while she was sleeping.
As part of a plea deal, Clark changed his plea to guilty of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon enhancement.
More than a dozen of the victim’s family members were in court, crying during the hearing.
Steve Tully, the victim’s father, said the guilty plea does not bring him closure.
“I don’t know what I think about him pleading guilty. I feel like he probably won’t get as much time as he deserves for what happened,” said Steve Tully.
The prosecutor read a statement on Clark’s behalf.
“I was armed with a deadly weapon, a knife, and I used that knife to stab her in neck. She died from that wound,” the statement said.
Clark admitted in court the statement was true.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 16 years in prison – 14 years for the murder and two years for the deadly weapon enhancement.
Normally, second-degree murder can carry a sentence of up to life in prison.
Family members said they feel the deal cheats them out of getting real justice.
“I think he's a coward for what he did, and I think he showed it again today by taking the action he did rather than face a jury and get a real sentence,” said the victim’s uncle, Dave Tully.
“I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time it just doesn’t seem like the justice system works for the victim very well,” said Steve Tully.
According to charging documents, Clark said he killed Jasmyn Tully because he just felt like hurting someone.