Bonney Lake man pleads guilty to manslaughter, other felonies, in Marysville home invasion

This story was originally reported by the Everett Daily Herald, a Sound Publishing sister paper.

Johnathan Frohs, a 45-year-old Bonney Lake man nicknamed “Bigfoot,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven felony charges stemming from a 2011 home invasion in Marysville.

His charges include manslaughter, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault.

Frohs was among nearly a dozen participants in a retaliatory attack intended for two men who had stolen from a drug dealer. The targets were not there, and the crew found themselves holding up a husband and wife.

Frohs mistakenly shot one his associates — Patrick Buckmaster — in the head when the latter man entered the home in a mask. The perpetrators and victims scattered, but some of the robbers later returned to recover the body and later bury it in a shallow grave in east Snohomish County.

He was initially charged with second-degree murder for the killing, but the charges were later downgraded to first-degree manslaughter.

Sentencing in Snohomish County Superior Court is pending and could happen as early as Friday. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense have recommended a 21-year sentence.

Frohs was previously convicted of charges stemming from a 1994 home invasion in King County. He was released from prison in 2009.