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2 suspects arrested, charged in deadly Kent motel shooting

Screenshot from surveillance video shows the suspect in a deadly Thursday morning shooting in Kent. (Photo from Kent police)

KENT, Wash. - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting at a Kent motel, including one suspect who was released from prison after former Gov. Chris Gregoire commuted his life sentence for previous crimes.

Cmdr. Jarod Kasner of the Kent police says the arrests came after an exhaustive investigation into the Nov. 2 murder at the Golden Kent Motel in the 22200 block of 84th Avenue South in Kent.

Witnesses told investigators that a suspect had shot another man there, then fled in a silver or gray four-door sedan driven by another suspect. The victim of the shooting was later identified as David Alfonso Cabrera.

Officers searched the area for the suspects but were unsuccessful in locating them. Investigators later found that the shooter and suspected driver of the sedan were caught on surveillance video.

As investigators worked on the case, corroborating information they received, they were able to identify the two suspects involved as 50-year-old Stonney Marcus Rivers and 47-year-old Theneious Swafford, Kasner said.

Rivers has an extensive criminal history and was released from prison in 2015 after former Gov. Chris Gregoire granted him clemency in 2013 and commuted a life sentence he was serving under the state's "three strikes" law, according to Kent police.

Swafford also has an extensive criminal history and was currently under supervision by the state Department of Corrections, Kasner said.

Both men have been charged with first-degree murder, Kasner said.

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