Former JBLM soldier pleads guilty to killing Kirkland woman

Former JBLM soldier pleads guilty to killing Kirkland woman
Dakota Wolf appears at his arraignment on July 23, 2012.
SEATTLE -- A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has accepted a plea agreement in the 2011 murder of a Kirkland woman.

Dakota M. Wolf pleaded guilty to second degree murder with a weapon enhancement in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Scarlett Paxton, according to the Kirkland Police Department.

Paxton was found dead with a stab wound to her neck outside her apartment in the 13300 block of 100th Ave. NE. Prosecutors say Paxton was attacked while walking home alone and it was a random and brutal stabbing.

When questioned by police, Wolf said he had smoked "spice" on the night of Paxton's death. He said he was addicted to the drug and was dealing with "paranoia, hallucination, anxiety and memory issues" as well as anger management. He refused to answer additional questions.

At the time of the Murder, Wolf was AWOL from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he had been stationed as a member of the US Army. He has since been dishonorably discharged from the military and has been in custody since his discharge, according to police.

When he's sentenced next month in King County Superior Court, Wolf will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Police expect the Prosecutor's Office to ask for the maximum sentence.