Two Sunnyside teens convicted of October fire bombings

Two Sunnyside teenagers have entered guilty pleas in connection with an Oct. 30, 2007 fire bombing of a house in the 300 block of South Ninth Street.

No one was home at the time of the bombing and there were no injuries.

Two other homes were bombed with Molotov cocktails that night as well, but those cases remain unsolved at this point in time.

According to Sunnyside Police Detective Jeff Cunningham, 15-year-old Adrian Bueno and 18-year-old Ignacio Cardenas were both arrested by Yakima County Sheriff deputies in the early hours of Oct. 30 in a stolen car.

In the months that followed Sunnyside police and Yakima County Sheriff's deputies gathered evidence that pointed to their involvement in the fire bombing at the house on Ninth Street. Yakima County prosecutors decided to charge the two with arson in the first degree and possession of an explosive device.

Bueno pled guilty in juvenile court to arson in the second degree April 18. He was sentenced to between 52 and 65 weeks in state confinement and had his jurisdiction extended to the age of 21.

Cardenas pled guilty to conspiracy to commit arson in the second degree and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Both were ordered to pay nearly $210,000 in restitution as well.

Cunningham said the fire bombing of the house was gang related, with the two culprits and the occupants of the house in opposing gangs.


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