Jeremy Vargas Sagastegui
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Jeremy Vargas Sagastegui (November 1, 1970 – October 13, 1998) was convicted of three counts of aggravated first-degree murder for the drowning and beating of Kievan Sarbacher, 3, and the shooting deaths of his mother, Melissa Sarbacher, 21, and a second woman, Lisa Vera-Acevedo, 27.
The killings occurred on November 19, 1995, in a mobile home in rural Finley, Washington, located east of Kennewick, where Sagastegui had been baby-sitting Sarbacher's two children. The second child, a 1-year-old girl, was unharmed.
Sometime between the evening hours of November 18 and the early morning hours of November 19, at a residence in Finley, Jeremy Sagastegui sexually abused, beat, stabbed, and then drowned Kievan Sarbacher, a three-year-old boy who was in his care. Sagastegui then waited for Kievan's mother, Melissa Sarbacher, to return home. When she did so, he shot her and her friend, Lisa Vera-Acevedo, who had accompanied Sarbacher home.
The convicted triple murderer refused to fight his execution. His mother filed for a stay on his behalf but it was denied as Sagastegui was found competent, and therefore no third party, including his mother, could file on his behalf.
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- Persons Executed Since 1904 in Washington State. Washington State Department of Corrections. Retrieved on 2007-11-10.[dead link]
- State Supreme Court Denies Motion to Delay Sagastegui Execution. Washington State Office of the Attorney General (1998-10-01). Retrieved on 2007-11-10.
- Jason Hagey. Execution date set for convicted murderer at the Wayback Machine (archived April 18, 1999). Tri-City Herald (1998-08-18). Archived from the original on 1999-04-18. Retrieved on 2007-11-10.