YAKIMA - Alex Bueno, now 16, was last Thursday sentenced to 27 years in prison for what was described as the botched execution of David Baldonado.
Both boys were only 15-years-old when Baldonado was shot and killed July 17, 2010, after getting off his bicycle in the 1400 block of Gregory Avenue in Sunnyside.
Bueno, a known gang member, was in a vehicle traveling on Gregory Avenue and spotted Baldonado. Bueno fired two rounds from a gun he was carrying, striking Baldonado in the neck.
Sunnyside police two days later arrested Bueno and two accomplices in the case.
Jorge Galindo Cardenas and Mayra Sosa, 18-years-old at the time, were the pair arrested. A third accomplice, Raul Alvarez, was at a later date apprehended for his role.
Cardenas was sentenced to more than a year in jail, Sosa was sentenced to eight months for her role in the murder and Alvarez was this past March sentenced to 43 months in prison for his role.
Alvarez was also sentenced for another shooting incident that occurred July 10, 2010 in Sunnyside and will serve nearly 90 years in prison for that incident.
Bueno was the shooter in Baldonado's murder, and last September a Yakima County Juvenile Court judge determined he would be tried as an adult for his crime.
He plead guilty to first degree murder with a firearm enhancement in a plea agreement with the Yakima County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecuting Attorney Gary Hintze said, "David Baldonado's mother and other family were present (in court). The mother spoke and asked the judge to give (Bueno) the agreed 27 years."
He said the judge heard testimony from Sunnyside Police Detective Erica Rollinger, as well.
Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder last Friday said, "Countless hours and what I'd describe as extraordinary efforts by local officers, particularly the detectives, assisted by agencies across the state resulted in this resolution."
He said, "This was a totally senseless killing, as all of them are."
Radder continued, stating he is pleased with the results of the investigation that was conducted.
He would have preferred a longer sentence for Bueno, but is glad the convicted murderer will spend more than half his life in prison.
"I would have preferred he be sentenced to life...we are assured (Bueno) is out of society a minimum of 25 years," said Radder.