Man who killed Pacific teen with sword receives 30-year sentence

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.comAugust 10, 2013 

A man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Pacific apartment and killed her 13-year-old brother with a sword was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Brandon Suhr, 20, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder and burglary in the May 31, 2012, death of Wally Denesha.

According to court papers, Suhr believed his ex-girlfriend was “the one,” and broke into her apartment that evening to see her. He mistakenly went into her brother’s room.

Suhr later told police he stabbed Denesha in self-defense with one of the family’s swords after the teen grabbed a folding knife. During the scuffle, Suhr’s ex-girlfriend came into the room and tried to save her brother but Suhr kicked her in the face and choked her, the documents state.

After putting Wally in the closet, he forced the girl to write a message to her parents that she had killed her brother and didn’t want them to come looking for her. He threatened to kill her entire family if she didn’t come with him, according to the documents.

At the home of one of Suhr’s friends, the girl revealed what happened, and Suhr admitted to killing the boy. The friend called for help.

Denesha’s father, who had become concerned after finding his children missing, found the boy’s body in his closet.

Suhr told detectives he hid the teen there because it would be “rude” to leave the body where his parents could find him.

The girl’s mother told police she had spoken the night before the murder about wanting to get a no-contact order against Suhr.

Suhr later wrote the girl an apology letter, stating, “I am sorry for the pain I have caused you and your family. I hope in future years or lives that we can move forward in are union be as one. I have and always will love u.”

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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