Idaho Man Admits to 2015 Shooting Spree That Left Three Dead 

click to enlarge John Lee, 30, issued an Alford plea in connection with 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, issued an Alford plea in connection with his role in a January 2015 shooting spree in Moscow.


John Lee, of Moscow, stood before a packed courtroom in Idaho on Friday and admitted to his role in a January 2015 shooting spree in Moscow.

Prosecutors said Lee, 30, 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 back to Idaho to face charges of murder and aggravated battery.

Lee had initially entered a not guilty plea on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault, but this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports Lee entered an Alford plea on March 11, which is not admitting to guilt but acknowledging there is enough evidence to convict him of each charge. Lee told Second Judicial District Court Judge John Stegner chronic back pain had been "torturing" him and "voices were keeping him awake" prior to the shooting. Lee's attorney said his client suffered from schizophrenia and a disorder that triggers paranoia.

Lee is scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday, May 24. Prosecutors said they'll ask for concurrent life sentences behind bars without the possibility of parole.
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