Fidel Medina, 26, of Sunnyside entered an Alford plea in Yakima Superior Court Oct. 9 to a reduced charge of second degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to 36 months with credit for time served, plus 18 to 36 months of community custody.
Medina had originally been charged with second degree murder and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon following the fatal shooting of Xavier Perez, 28, on Dec. 22, 2005 at the home Perez was renting at 1713 Guernsey Street in Sunnyside.
With an Alford plea, Medina was allowed to maintain his innocence while conceding that a jury might find him guilty.
Medina was represented by Defense Attorney Gregory Scott, who argued that Medina acted in self-defense. The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm was dismissed Oct. 9.
Medina, an early suspect in the shooting, was first arrested Feb. 21 by the Sunnyside Police Department's SWAT team after receiving a tip that he was in a residence in the 700 block of South Ninth Street.
Following the arrest of Medina, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said crystal methamphetamine was seized at Perez's rental home which contained what Radder termed "the biggest meth lab I've ever seen".