Friends: STA Plaza victim was turning his life around after criminal past

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 7:14 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Those who knew the STA stabbing victim said he was trying to turn his life around. Officials identified Sean Oie as the man stabbed to death at the STA Plaza on Saturday afternoon.

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Employees at the Johnson Inn on Division Street said Oie worked for them as a maintenance man. He had quit a few months prior to his stabbing. Those who lived at the Johnson Inn described Oie as a nice person.

The owner of the Kalico Kitchen next door to the Johnson Inn said Oie was friends with his employees and would stop by often.

"Super nice kid, would do anything for you. That's why I helped him out. He was really trying to get his life back together. It's unfortunate what happened to him,” said Owner of the Kalico Kitchen, Charlie Baziotis.

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Baziotis said Oie checked out of Brownstone work release. He said he gave him a deal on some furniture from his thrift store about six months prior to his death. Baziotis said Oie had moved into a South Hill apartment. Baziotis said Oie was once in trouble with drugs but was trying to turn his life around.

"He'd ask me if I needed help with the thrift store because, ‘you helped me and I would help you,’" said Baziotis.

The Department of Corrections confirmed that Oie served time at Brownstone for rendering criminal assistance in King County in 2010. He checked out in December of 2013, according to officials.

Oie’s criminal history included five misdemeanors and nine felonies from King and Snohomish Counties. Many of the felonies were drug related, according to his records.

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