Saturday, 3 March 2012

Last in trio of defendants gets 25 months in drive-by shooting

The last of three drive-by shooting defendants was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for his role in the gang-related incident, which left a pedestrian with a gunshot wound to the right arm. Federico Hernandez, 21, of Yakima pleaded guilty in Yakima County Superior Court to drive-by shooting and attempting to elude police. He was sentenced to 25 months. The suspected shooter, 26-year-old Israel Ramos Salamanca of Yakima, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and his sentence included a mandatory five years for the use of a firearm. The third defendant, 24-year-old David Amezcua of Moxee, was sentenced last summer to 26 months. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault; the sentence included a mandatory two years for the involvement of a deadly weapon. The trio was arrested following a July 31, 2009, shooting at the intersection of Sixth and E streets in Yakima. The 18-year-old victim was walking outside when he was shot in the arm, deputy prosecutor Tamara Hanlon said. The man believed he was targeted because he was wearing a red shirt; the defendants were identified by authorities as gang members who favor blue. Hanlon said she did not believe the victim had any gang ties. Officers working a special gang patrol were in the area at the time and heard the shots, Hanlon said. They found the suspects' vehicle, but the driver fled from an attempted traffic stop. The car was eventually stopped with the help of a tire-deflating spike strip.


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