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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Case of obstructing police officer now resolved

8/25/2010  2:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

A 19-year-old Seattle woman charged with obstructing a police officer in connection with a highly publicized jaywalking incident near Franklin High School in June will perform 24 hours of community service as part of an agreement she and her attorneys reached with the City Attorney’s Office.

Marilyn E. Levias entered into a dispositional sentence Monday with prosecutors, which means the gross misdemeanor will be dismissed in a year if she has no new criminal law violations and completes community service. A separate jaywalking infraction was dismissed as part of the agreement on the obstruction charge.

One count of third-degree assault is pending in King County Juvenile Court against Levias’ 17-year-old friend who tried to intervene when a Seattle police officer attempted to arrest Levias.

“Civilians must comply with instructions from police officers,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes. “It’s a just result that Ms. Levias will perform community service rather than go to jail. This is a teachable moment for our young people, our community and our government.”

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