Allen Ivanov was nineteen when he murdered three teenagers at a house party in Washington State. According to court documents Allen Ivanov was upset that his former girlfriend was moving on with her life and leaving him behind would enter a house party outside of Seattle Washington and opened fire. Allen Ivanov would end up killing three teenagers and injuring two more. This teen killer was arrested and would later plead guilty to three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder and would be sentenced to life in prison without parole
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Grief and rage filled a Snohomish County courtroom Thursday as the family and friends of the three young people shot dead by Allen Ivanov at a Mukilteo house party last summer confronted the 20-year-old before seeing him sent to prison for the rest of his life.
One after another, those shattered by the July 30 shootings — mothers, fathers, siblings, cousins and friends — tried to find words to describe their loss. Sometimes, all that came were tears.
Ivanov, 20, also spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest, saying he was sorry for what he’d done and had no explanation for his actions. Otherwise, his defense presented no evidence.
“How could I have done this? I could not say,” Ivanov said, reading from a folded notebook paper he pulled from his striped jail jersey.
At one point, he blamed “the ease of acquiring a gun,” referring to the assault-style rifle he had purchased about a week before the deadly shootings. He also claimed “Satan was in control” that night.
“I want to apologize wholeheartedly to all those whose lives I’ve taken,” he said, naming the three people he killed and a fourth who was wounded. “And all those whose lives have been darkened by my actions.”
He said he was “hopeless, suicidal and outraged with jealousy” when he targeted ex-girlfriend Anna Bui and former high-school classmates. Police say he was angry at Bui for spurning his efforts to reconcile and stalked her at the gathering of friends.
“Anna visits me in my dreams and talks to me all the time,” he said shortly before Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of release, a sentence predetermined when Ivanov pleaded guilty to avoid the possibility of the death penalty.
“You deserve to be separated from society for the rest of your life, and you shall,” she said.
Earlier, some of the people whose lives were forever altered by the shootings addressed the packed Everett courtroom.
“Allen Ivanov has stolen so much from so many people,” said Autumn Snider, whose son Jake Long was killed. “Three innocent people are dead because Allen killed them.”
Snider carried a dark, ceramic urn to the stand.
“This is what I have left of my son — ashes in an urn that sits on my mantle,” she said as many in the courtroom sobbed. “Jake is gone, he is dead, and Allen killed him.”
Paul Kramer, whose son Will was critically wounded by Ivanov, said, “This is an absolute nightmare for all involved.”
Kramer spoke of his heartbreak for the families of the three teens, all of whom were former classmates of Ivanov at Mukilteo’s Kamiak High School
“The pain of their loss is beyond what any human being should endure,” Kramer said of the families of the slain victims. He called Ivanov a “completely defective human being,” noting the killer had planned the shootings in advance and bragged about them in rap lyrics written in jail.
Alex Levine, who was at the house party, addressed the court while accompanied by a therapy dog. In a halting voice, he said he was forever impacted by the deaths of three close friends and that he is haunted by the images of his dead friends’ bodies.
“At the age of 19, I had to attend the funerals of three of my friends in the span of three weeks,” he said.
David Bui, brother of Anna Bui, said, “The last time I saw her she was going out. The next time she was in a coffin.”
Jordan Ebner’s father, Brad Ebner, was visibly angry as he spoke while surrounded by court bailiffs. He said he had wanted Ivanov to be executed.
“I want him to die and I wanted to be there to watch it happen,” he said. “He took my first boy.”
As each person spoke, Ivanov looked down at the floor or his lap, showing little emotion.
Ivanov’s life sentence was preordained after he pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder as well as two counts of attempted first-degree murder. By doing so, he avoided a possible death sentence had he been convicted at trial.
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