30 Years For Everett Halfway House Killer

March 8, 2016

Everett, Police Blotter

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Kenny Tate breaks down in tears as he speaks to the judge before the sentence is announced.

40-year-old Kenny Tate will serve a minimum 30 years in prison before an Indeterminate Sentence Review Board will consider his release. That was the decision today from Judge Thomas J. Wynne. “I believe you have a conscience,” Judge Wynne told Tate. “I hope every morning for the next 30 years your conscience speaks to you.”

Tate was the manager of a halfway house on Beverly Lane in central Everett. On December 2, 2015, after a night of using methamphetamine, he brutally raped and murdered 30-year-old Daniel B. Dubeau who was a resident of the halfway house. A day after the murder Tate turned himself in to Everett Police, confessed to the crime and entered a guilty plea at his arraignment.

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Judge Wynne handed down a 30 year sentence.

Judge Wynne acknowledged the number of letters he’s received from Dubeau’s family and friends. Dubeau’s sister and father also spoke directly to the court of their loss and the damage done to their family.

Kenny Tate was given a chance to speak to the court. As he started to speak he broke down in tears and sobbed for a couple of minutes. He then spoke. “I don’t know how it happened,” Tate said. “It just happened out of nowhere and I’m still confused, I have remorse, I feel so bad for this family I really do…I’d take the death penalty…I’m so sorry.”

In addition to first degree murder, the crime also contained elements of sexual motivation and use of a deadly weapon. That meant today’s sentence was considered indeterminate which means Tate will have to appear before a special board who could make him serve the rest of his life behind bars. The 30 years handed down today is the minimum (less time for good behavior) amount of time he will serve in prison. The judge agreed to the joint recommendation of the prosecutor and defense which was at the high end of the sentencing range.

The halfway house has been evicted from the Beverly Lane property.

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6 Responses to “30 Years For Everett Halfway House Killer”

  1. Bourne Says:

    Perhaps he’ll be out next week with a DOC ‘systems glitch.’

  2. Justlen Says:

    Maybe if he had had access to mental health care none of this would have happened.

  3. Donkey Hotay Says:

    Even hypothetically, I do not think the death penalty should apply here. While the crime was certainly heinous, the murderer did turn himself in almost immediately and plead guilty. Every external indication is that this man regrets what he did and will likely continue to do so for the rest of his life.

    That’s not to say that I think a possible 20-year stint is enough for what he did. I see the death penalty as meant for murderers who are too dangerous to be allowed access to fellow humans. This man does not appear to qualify.

  4. Ben Dover Says:

    That was quick but only 30 years and possibly out with less than 20 just don’t cut it. I hope this liberal judge meets KARMA!

  5. Bourne Says:

    I’m so glad we don’t have capital punishment in this state./s

    Now the taxpayer gets to foot the bill for this murdering degenerate for the next 30 years. He’ll probably come out weighing 400lbs and with a PhD.