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19-year-old nets 14-year jail term for role in shooting

Victor Herrera, 19, was yesterday (Monday) sentenced to 14 years in jail for his connection to a May 10, 2011 shooting in the 1700 block of Cascade Way in Sunnyside.

On that day, Sunnyside police responded to a report of a drive-by shooting.

Herrera was identified after he was reportedly responsible for instigating a confrontation with a juvenile male. Herrera is said to have fired multiple gunshots through the front door of a home, but no one was injured.

Witnesses said Herrera was driving a red Ford Mustang at the time of the incident and fled the scene.

Later that same day Yakima police responded to a theft report. A juvenile male was taken into custody and was believed to have been an occupant of the vehicle driven by Herrera.

The vehicle was no longer at the scene of the Yakima incident when police investigated the call.

The following morning, May 11, Sunnyside police located the suspect vehicle. A high-risk traffic stop ensued and three individuals were taken into custody, including Herrera.

Yesterday, Nov. 21, Herrera entered a guilty plea in Yakima County Superior Court to one count of assault first degree and was sentenced to 168 months in jail (14 years). In addition, he was sentenced to 60 months on a firearm enhancement to be served concurrently.

Herrera's co-defendant, Jesse Moreno Garcia, is still awaiting trial.

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