- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A Mount Vernon man charged with driving the SUV that fatally struck the co-owner of a Sedro-Woolley market has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1MN5SYu ) that prosecutors reduced the charge against Matthew John Tobin from first- to second-degree murder in exchange for Thursday’s guilty plea in Skagit County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Tobin hit Yongmin Pak last year after she ran after a vehicle while trying to stop a shoplifter who took two cases of beer. She died from her injuries.

Pak was the co-owner of James Market on West State Street.

Prosecutors are asking for a 15-year prison sentence.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, https://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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