Local

Man who killed woman and left body near Tumwater Costco gets 31-year sentence

How to tell if you’re in an abusive relationship

Here are some signs you may be in an abusive relationship, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Up Next
Here are some signs you may be in an abusive relationship, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Matthew J. McCollian, who was convicted of killing a woman and leaving her body near Costco in Tumwater, was given a 31-year sentence in Thurston County Superior Court on Wednesday, the Prosecutor’s Office announced.

McCollian, 35, of Everett, was found guilty in March on all counts against him, including second-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm and arson.

The victim, Sophia Stutzman, 24, of Snohomish County, was found dead in Tumwater with a gunshot wound to her chest in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2018.

Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim recommended the high end of the standard sentencing range on Wednesday, basing that argument on the nature of the crime, McCollian’s criminal history — five felony convictions out of California — and the defendant’s failure to reform himself despite efforts to do so, he said.

Judge Jim Dixon sentenced him to 381 months. Even taking into account a 10 percent reduction in the sentence for good behavior, McCollian would still serve almost 29 years, Tunheim said.

“Law enforcement did an incredible job in this case,” said Tunheim, praising the Tumwater Police Department.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better investigation and case to present,” he said. “Justice was absolutely served.”

Tunheim told The Olympian in March he believed the victim was shot in a vehicle while headed south on Interstate 5 in Thurston County. Later, the defendant made the decision to dispose of the body in Tumwater and burn the rental car in Bothell, he said.

Stutzman’s mother told police she had dropped Stutzman off at McCollian’s apartment in Everett Dec. 11 and that Stutzman later texted her “he is so out of his mind.”

  Comments