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Allen sentenced to prison

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Jimmy Merced Allen

A Sunnyside man will spend more than 15 years in prison after being sentenced for his role in a gun theft and shooting in Sunnyside last September that left a Sunnyside juvenile dead.

Jimmy Merced Allen, 20, was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, theft of a firearm and reckless endangerment last January.

The case stems from an incident that happened last Sept. 5 when Allen stole a gun from a Prosser police officer's house in Sunnyside. Police believe the weapon was then used by a 16-year-old acquaintance of Allen to shoot at a rival group of gang members. The group shot back, killing the 16-year-old.

For his participation Allen was sentenced to 118 months in prison.

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