Wednesday, January 11, 2012
YAKIMA - Three Lower Valley men were sentenced in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday for their roles in a non-injury drive-by shooting in Grandview last June.
Two of the men accepted a plea deal, noted Tammy Hanlon, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for the county.
Manuel Campos of Grandview, Hanlon noted, plead guilty to three counts of drive-by shooting and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.
Angel Mendez of Sunnyside plead guilty to one count of drive-by shooting and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to two years and two months, Hanlon said.
The third man in court yesterday, Ely Hernandez-Garcia of Sunnyside, was found guilty of three counts of drive-by shooting and sentenced to seven years, which includes additional time because the shooting was found to be gang-related.
Hanlon said Hernandez-Garcia was the driver of the vehicle involved in the drive-by and did not fire a weapon.
She noted his sentence was longer because he rejected a plea deal that would have removed the gang enhancement to the prison term. Hanlon said Hernandez-Garcia instead opted for a jury trial and was found guilty.
She said Mendez and Campos both accepted the deal in exchange for shorter sentences.