YAKIMA - Four documented gang members were yesterday sentenced for riddling an Outlook home with bullets in March 2011, by a Yakima County Superior Court judge. The men were convicted for the crimes last month.
Armando "Rascal" Lopez, 33, was sentenced to life in prison because the seven counts of assault and three weapons charges constitute his third strike in the criminal system, according to Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Gary Hintze.
The seven counts of first degree assault are the result of one count of assault for each of the individuals who were inside the trailer targeted at the time of the shooting.
Lopez and his companions are all documented gang members, but gang enhancements were not added to the charges. However, weapons enhancements, equaling 105 years in prison for each of the defendants, were tacked onto the sentences.
Nicholas "Little Rascal" James, Jose "Solo" Jesus Mancilla and Jaime Lopez, aka Andrew Morales Loberg, were each sentenced to between 160 and 164 years in prison.
The defendants, said Hintze, used three firearms when they fired upon the trailer in Outlook on March 14, 2011. No one was injured in that attack, but about a month later a teenage girl was killed at that same location.