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Students Plead Innocent In Burning Of Totem Pole

Tue., Nov. 25, 1997, midnight

Three Issaquah High School football players pleaded innocent Monday to charges that they stole and burned a carved Indian story pole from a King County park.

The trio and four other students are accused of taking the 10-foot Snoqualmie Tribe pole, chopping it up and burning it at an unofficial rally to psych themselves up for a Sept. 26 football game.

Pleading innocent to misdemeanor third-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief were Michael Livingston and Zachariah Johns, both 18. Andrew Shute, also 18, pleaded innocent to malicious mischief and possession of stolen property.

Four 17-year-olds are scheduled to enter pleas Wednesday in juvenile court, said Dan Satterberg, chief of staff in the King County prosecutor’s office.

The defendants are expected to plead guilty once details of a plea agreement are worked out, Satterberg said.

King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng has said only misdemeanor charges were filed because the crime amounted to a prank that got out of control. He said he found no evidence of a hate crime.

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