Molestation suspect faces July trial

May 6, 2011

A Newcastle dentist charged with child molestation will face trial in King County Superior Court beginning July 25.

If Gil Furman, who was charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation, is convicted on all counts, he will face a sentence between about four and a half years and 10 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Furman allegedly molested a teenage girl for two and a half years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15, according to charging documents.

Furman — who is married with children — was 35 when the alleged molestation began.

Furman was arrested and arraigned Jan. 25, and he pleaded not guilty. He was given conditional release and a no-contact order with the girl and minors. The no-contact order was modified March 31 to allow him to be in the presence of a minor if the minor knows of the charges against him and an adult is present.

The girl reported the situation to a school adviser in November, according to charging documents.

The alleged molestation occurred weekly, and Furman allegedly pushed the girl to a wall and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear.

She said that happened more than 50 times, usually with others nearby but out of sight.

 

Eye surgeon given 20-year sentence for murder-for-hire plot

April 1, 2011

Fear of her family being gunned down by a man who was once part of their daily life has consumed Holly King for the past 16 months.

King, the mother of three and wife of successful laser eye surgeon Dr. Joseph King, said that fear prompted her to take firearms training and obsessively monitor the video-surveillance system in their Newcastle home.

“Each day, when I drive my children to school, I wonder which stranger is going to murder us,” Holly King, 32, said in King County Superior Court on March 17.

Riffkin Dr. Michael Mockovak, Newcastle resident and co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye-surgery centers, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. By Courtney Blethen

Judge Palmer Robinson granted the couple some relief from that fear by sentencing Dr. Michael Mockovak to 20 years in prison for plotting to kill Dr. King, his ex-brother-in-law, longtime friend and fellow co-founder of the Clearly Lasik laser eye-surgery centers.

Last month, a King County jury found Mockovak guilty of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and attempted first-degree theft. Jurors acquitted Mockovak of a second count of criminal solicitation involving former company President Brad Klock.

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Molestation suspect to appear in court April 22

April 1, 2011

Newcastle man Gil Furman, who was charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation, will appear in King County Superior Court April 22 for a case setting hearing.

Furman molested a teenage girl for two and a half years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15, according to charging documents. He was 35 when the alleged molestation began.

Furman appeared in court March 22 for a case setting hearing, but a trial date was not set. Furman was arrested and arraigned Jan. 25, and he pleaded not guilty. He was given conditional release with a no-contact order with the girl.

The molestation occurred weekly, and Furman pushed the girl to a wall and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear, the charging papers said.

Newcastle eye surgeon gets 20-year sentence for murder-for-hire plot

March 17, 2011

UPDATED — 11:30 a.m. March 18, 2011

Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye-surgery centers, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

COURTNEY BLETHEN RIFFKIN / THE SEATTLE TIMES — Dr. Michael Mockovak, Newcastle resident and co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye-surgery centers, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Fear of her family being gunned down by a man who was once part of their daily life has consumed Holly King for the past 16 months.

King, the mother of three and wife of successful laser eye surgeon Dr. Joseph King, said that fear prompted her to take firearms training and obsessively monitor the video-surveillance system in their Newcastle home.

“Each day, when I drive my children to school, I wonder which stranger is going to murder us,” Holly King, 32, said in King County Superior Court on March 17.

Judge Palmer Robinson granted the couple some relief from that fear by sentencing Dr. Michael Mockovak to 20 years in prison for plotting to kill Dr. King, his ex-brother-in-law, longtime friend and fellow co-founder of the Clearly Lasik laser eye-surgery centers.

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Clearly Lasik co-founder found guilty of murder-for-hire plot

March 4, 2011

The co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers was found guilty Feb. 3 of plotting to kill his partner.

The King County jury convicted Dr. Michael Mockovak of one count of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and attempted first-degree theft. Jurors found him not guilty of a second count of criminal solicitation involving the company’s former president.

The jury deliberated for less than two days.

Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers, is escorted out of King County Court Feb. 3, after he was found guilty of plotting to kill his partner and the company's former president. By Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times

After the verdict was read, Mockovak, who has been out on bail since shortly after his arrest in November 2009, was taken into custody and led to jail. He will face between 31 and 41 years in prison when he is sentenced March 17.

Mockovak’s former partner and target of the murder-for-hire plot, Dr. Joseph King, issued a statement: “My colleagues, my family and I are relieved to put this sad episode behind us.”

Prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,000 to have King and former company President Brad Klock killed.

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Local dentist charged with child molestation

March 4, 2011

Newcastle resident and dentist Gil Furman was charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation.

Furman allegedly molested a teenage girl for two and a half years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15, according to charging documents.

Furman — who is married with children — was 35 when the alleged molestation began.

Furman was arrested and arraigned Jan. 25, and he pleaded not guilty. He was given conditional release and a no-contact order with the girl.

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Bail rejected for Newcastle eye doctor who plotted partner’s death

February 28, 2011

A King County judge on Feb. 23 denied a request by Dr. Michael Mockovak to be released from custody pending his sentencing for plotting to kill his former partner in the Clearly Lasik eye centers

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Feb. 28, 2011

The co-founder of the Clearly Lasik eye centers on Feb. 23 pleaded with a judge to deny bail for his former partner, Newcastle resident Dr. Michael Mockovak, who was convicted of targeting him in a murder-for-hire plot.

Dr. Joseph King read from an emotional three-page letter in which he urged King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson to keep Mockovak behind bars until he is sentenced on March 17.

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Eye surgeon murder-plot trial begins

February 4, 2011

Read the latest on the case here.

His laser-eye-surgery business and personal life were crumbling, so an angry Dr. Michael Mockovak wasn’t beyond inappropriate outbursts, according to his lawyer.

It was one such outburst, an “immature joke” about hiring the Russian mafia to kill his business partner, that has landed the Newcastle resident and Clearly Lasik co-founder in court, accused of hatching a murder-for-hire plot against his one-time partner, lawyer Colette Tvedt said Jan. 18.

During the first day of testimony in Mockovak’s trial, jurors heard the frustration and anger from Mockovak himself — in taped recordings between him and a former Clearly Lasik employee. But his comments were viewed in entirely different lights by Tvedt and King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa.

Dr. Michael Mockovak (center) appears in the courtroom of Judge Palmer Robinson on Jan. 18. Mockovak is accused of a murder-for-hire plot.

In the scratchy recordings, Mockovak can be heard telling the employee about a life-insurance policy he had on his business partner, Dr. Joseph King. Mockovak can also be heard telling the man about King’s future travel plans to Australia, as well as the times an assassin would likely find King alone during his vacation.

Barbosa, in her opening statement, said that Mockovak and King each had a $4 million life-insurance policy on each other as part of their business.

She also said Mockovak believed the employee could put him in touch with a hit man for the Russian mafia.

But Tvedt insisted the employee, a man who was apparently eager to work with the FBI, entrapped Mockovak, pushing him to move forward with the scheme.

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Clearly Lasik co-founder convicted of murder-for-hire plot

February 3, 2011

Newcastle resident Dr. Michael Mockovak found guilty of plotting to kill his partner

Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers, is escorted out of King County Court today. He was found guilty of plotting to kill his partner and the company's former president.

Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times — Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers, is escorted out of King County Court Feb. 3. He was found guilty of plotting to kill his partner and the company's former president.

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

The co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers was found guilty Thursday morning of plotting to kill his partner.

The King County jury convicted Dr. Michael Mockovak of one count of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and attempted first-degree theft. Jurors found him not guilty of a second count of criminal solicitation involving the company’s former president.

The jury deliberated for less than two days.

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