Idaho Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2015 Moscow Shooting Spree That Left Three Dead 

click to enlarge John Lee, 30, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a January 2015 shooting spree in Moscow. - WHITMAN CO. (WASH.) SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Whitman Co. (Wash.) Sheriff's Office
  • John Lee, 30, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a January 2015 shooting spree in Moscow.


John Lee, who terrorized his hometown of Moscow in a January 2015 shooting spree that left three people dead and a fourth seriously wounded, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Lee, 30, was sentenced in Latah County 2nd District Court on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery. Prosecutors said Lee was responsible for the Jan. 10, 2015 shooting deaths of his landlord, adoptive mother and work colleague. Another victim, Michael Chin, 39, survived.

After the shootings, Lee led police on a high-speed chase across the Idaho/Washington border. He was ultimately stopped in Washington and it took more than two months to extradite him to Idaho to face charges of murder and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to life in prison on each murder count and 15 years for the aggravated battery charge.

Survivors of the victims took turns in the witness stand Tuesday, each asking Second Judicial District Court Judge John Stegner to sentence Lee to the rest of his life behind bars.
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