Tuba Man Killer Gets His First Strike

One of the three teens convicted in the killing of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael in 2008 earned his first strike under Washington’s three strikes law Friday, pleading guilty in his latest brush with the law.

Billy Chambers, 18, could spend the next two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted assault and hit and run charges after he rammed a female acquaintance’s car as she was stopped at an intersection in the Central District in June,

Chambers apparently rammed the woman at 23rd and Jackson on June 23 after she contacted police and reported him for car prowling.

Until now, Chambers has managed to skirt Washington’s three strikes law. Chambers’ convictions as a juvenile—for robbery, possession of stolen property, and manslaughter in the Tuba Man case—don’t count as strikes, and his only adult convictions are for theft.

Chambers could face between 16 and 22 months in prison. As part of Chambers’ plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend an 18 month sentence.