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Originally published June 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 9, 2007 at 2:02 AM

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2 homeless men sentenced over murder of benefactor

Two homeless men convicted of killing the man who gave them jobs and shelter were given long prison terms Friday in King County Superior...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Two homeless men convicted of killing the man who gave them jobs and shelter were given long prison terms Friday in King County Superior Court.

David Koenigs, 57, a former director of St. Vincent de Paul in Seattle, had hired Richard Dwayne Jones, 33, to help him remodel a Beacon Hill fixer-upper he'd just bought with his new wife.

But his charitable motives led to his death, prosecutors said, when Jones stabbed, strangled and beat him to death at the home in December 2005.

Jones, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Koenigs' death, was sentenced to 48 years in prison.

He was aided in the crime by Douglas Freeman, 32, who also was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying, although prosecutors acknowledged he did not deliver the fatal blows.

Freeman was sentenced to 32 years.

A third person, Ashley Boggess, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, which she has already served, for taking Koenigs' vehicle without permission.

The three were arrested shortly after the death when they stopped at an Oregon gas station with Koenigs' BMW.

Plainclothes Oregon troopers ran the car's license plate after one of the three approached them at the station and asked for gas money.

Jones, who had been given permission by Koenigs to stay at the house, killed Koenigs after Koenigs apparently confronted Jones about letting additional people stay there.

Koenigs' widow, Tamarra Jeu-Koenigs, said during the hearing before King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie that the loss of her "gentle, patient, kind, intelligent, loving husband" left a gaping wound in the family.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com

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