Meet Mary Robnett
Meet Mary Robnett
So do former Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) and State Auditor (and former County Executive) Pat McCarthy (D). They join the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild, the Pierce County Corrections and Sergeants Guild, the Tacoma Police Union, and many other in endorsing Mary Robnett!
WILLO is an intergenerational group of diverse women living and working in Pierce County whose common mission is to create sustainable intercultural/intergenerational relationships by celebrating the voices of women and girls through the power of shared stories.
A 2010 murder in Edgewood, perpetrated by a group that came to be known as the “Craigslist Killers,” was a complicated case. Mary successfully prosecuted the defendants and brought a measure of justice to the Sanders family.
Mary is proud of her strong relationship with local law enforcement and served on the board of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS)
The kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Zina Linnik shocked our community. Mary prosecuted her killer, Terapon Adhahn. He is now behind bars in Walla Walla and will never be released.
When Mary isn’t in the courtroom or on a case, you might find her in the mountains or out on the water — or sometimes in it.
February 15, 2001
A terrible case, but Mary brought Geneine Harshfield’s killer to justice.
From The News Tribune‘s 2001 report:
In the early hours of July 27, 1996 as Geneine Harshfield left her bartending job at Johnny’s Dock, she told a friend she would see her the next day.
“Neither of them had any inkling that for Geneine Harshfield there was no tomorrow,” Pierce County deputy prosecutor Mary Robnett told a jury Wednesday in opening statements in the trial of Allen Eugene Gregory.
July 21, 2000
Mary put away the “Parkland Rapist,” a brazen criminal who accepted no responsibility for his terrifying actions.
From The News Tribunes July 21, 2000 reporting:
A Pierce County jury took just over two hours Thursday to convict Frank Reed Nordlund, accused of being the “Parkland Rapist,” of attempted rape.
“We’re gratified with the verdict,” deputy prosecutor Mary Robnett said. “We think justice was done in Pierce County today.”
From The News Tribune‘s 1999 reporting:
Pierce County deputy prosecutor Mary Robnett had asked Tollefson to impose the 106-year sentence, on top of the sentencing range for Garrison’s crimes.
October 6, 1998
Mary stood up for the vulnerable survivors who suffered greatly at the hands of sadistic rapist Darin Guinn. His 237-year sentence reflected the horrors of his crimes.
May 19, 1991
Handling so many emergency calls, Mary wanted to do more to help victims of crime. With her sights set on a prosecutorial career, here she is graduating from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in May 1991.
May 19, 1991
Mary is a former ski instructor and loved her time on the slopes — a passion she picked up from her incredible mom!
August 3, 1985
Marrying Bill Robnett, which Mary simply calls “one of my better decisions.” Mary and Bill met when she was a dispatcher and he a police officer.
While putting herself through college, Mary began her public service career as an emergency dispatcher. It was a high-stress job, but Mary enjoyed helping people in tough situations.
From a 1985 article in Utah’s Lakeside Review:
Imagine a job where you have to handle and coordinate communications for nine police departments, four ambulance services, six fire departments, county animal control and water and road departments, all on 12 radio frequencies, at at the same time monitor seven television screens and answer all calls coming in on 15 phone lines, including calls from a hysterical mother with a choking baby or a man who wants to know if agricultural burning is permitted today or . . . whew!