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Sunnyside shooting brings 53 years of prison time

YAKIMA - Two men, Octavio Robledo, 24, of Grandview and Ricardo DeLeon, 33, of Prosser, were yesterday (Thursday) each sentenced to 53 years in jail for their role in a gang-related shooting that occurred May 9, 2009 in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue in Sunnyside.

As a result of the shooting, Ignacio Cardenas of Sunnyside sustained a gunshot wound to the lower torso.

On Oct. 25, 2010, a jury convicted Robledo and DeLeon of first degree assault with a firearm. A third suspect and the driver of the vehicle the pair was in, Anthony DeLeon, 30, of Sunnyside, was also convicted on that day.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge David Elofson presided over the case and upon sentencing both Robledo and Ricardo DeLeon, concluded they committed the crime with intent to directly or indirectly benefit a criminal street gang. He felt compelled to add an additional 15 years confinement per first degree assault conviction.

The first degree assault charges netted Robledo and DeLeon each 153 months in jail for each of the three first degree assault charges. The criminal gang attachment extends the sentence 60 months for each charge.

Two other victims were also targeted by Robledo and the DeLeons in May 2009, but were not injured.

Anthony DeLeon, the driver of the vehicle the three suspects were in, was intercepted by Grandview police officers on I-82, and he proceeded to elude officers, leading them in a high-speed pursuit. His sentencing was continued at the request of his defense counsel.

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