14-year-old faces charge of manslaughter

Charges were formally filed Tuesday afternoon against a 14-year-old Sunnyside youth involved in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Nora Gonzalez.

Gonzalez died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head during an incident in late October involving her 14-year-old cousin and 16-year-old brother. The cousin was taken into custody following the shooting.

Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bill Eller said the 14-year-old teen has been formally charged with first degree manslaughter. An additional charge of firearm enhancement has been filed against the teen.

Eller said that with the first degree manslaughter charge the 14-year-old faces a sentence of 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile detention center. The firearm enhancement charge will carry an additional 120-day sentence if the teen is convicted.

Eller said that the teen is still being held on $100,000 bail. However, a hearing was scheduled to take place today in regards to bail. Eller said this morning it will be decided at the hearing if the 14-year-old will be kept in custody or released to some sort of electronic monitoring.

Eller said a pre-trial hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 17.


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