A Washington man, Allen Ivanov, pled guilty today to shooting and killing three 19-year-olds at a house party earlier this year with an AR-15-style rifle. The rampage was motivated by Ivanov’s anger at his ex-girlfriend moving on after he broke up with her, police said.
Ivanov, 20, pled guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, as well as their high school classmates Jacob Long and Jordan Ebner. Two others escaped the party, which was in July, with injuries.
Ivanov was so unfamiliar with how to shoot an assault rifle, investigators said, that he sat outside the party reading his new gun’s instruction manual before he went in.
Aggravated murder in Washington State is punishable only by life in prison without release or capital punishment, though Gov. Jay Inslee has currently suspended all executions in the state. Still, prosecutors can request the death penalty. The judge set sentencing for Jan. 12.
Ivanov’s attorneys have pled that the young man has untreated neurological problems that need to be tested before a judge can decide whether or not to sentence him to death. Initial tests show that Ivanov has the brain development of someone years younger, defense attorneys claim.
Before committing the murders, Ivanov wrote a letter that his mother later handed over to police. "You know what’s funny? The media is going to portray me as some unstable, overly emotional, crazy lunatic,” wrote Ivanov. “There’s nothing wrong with me or the way I think. There's really nothing wrong with me: I have a roof over my head, access to food and resources, a loving family, an amazing job, etc. I’m selfish. That’s why I did this.”