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Sunnyside man headed to prison for firing on car with four occupants

YAKIMA - Ignacio Mojica, 20, of Sunnyside will serve more than nine and a half years for his role in a shooting that took place on Alexander Road south of Sunnyside on Feb. 6, 2011.

Yakima County Prosecutor Gary Hintze said Mojica initially received a charge of drive-by shooting.

"He was really undercharged," said Hintze, who prosecuted the case.

The charges against Mojica were amended to four counts of second degree assault for which he was sentenced this past Tuesday. Included was a firearms enhancement.

The facts of the case, said Hintze, revolved around an incident during which Mojica was traveling on Alexander Road inside a 2002 Cadillac Escalade.

Hintze said the vehicle approached a Honda Civic connected to a party in the area and Mojica opened fire on the Civic.

Inside the Civic were four occupants, and although one of Mojica's bullets struck the vehicle no one was injured.

The Escalade, said Hintze, was later stopped in Sunnyside and Mojica was identified as the shooter in the Alexander Road incident. Three individuals inside of the vehicle, when questioned, told police he was responsible for the shooting.

Mojica had been seated on the center console of the vehicle and police conducted a search for the weapon used, finding it inside the console. The weapon was identified as a stolen snubnose .38 pistol.

Hintze said Mojica was also found in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

The motive, said Hintze, was not clear and Mojica was not on record for having gang ties or a felony record.

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