Monday, September 17, 2012
YAKIMA - It was March 14, 2011 when a trailer in Outlook made the news for what was one of many high-profile gangland-style shooting incidents.
Four suspects were apprehended that day just minutes after Yakima County Sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene of the crime, and this past Friday those four suspects were deemed guilty by a jury of their peers.
Armando "Rascal" Lopez, 33, is looking at his third strike in the criminal system, according to Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Gary Hintze.
Lopez and his cohorts were convicted of seven counts of first degree assault, one count for each of the individuals who were inside the trailer at the time of the shooting.
Lopez is a known gang member and faces life in prison.
Hintze said firearm enhancements may extend the jail time for each of the four when they are sentenced at a later date.
Nicholas "Little Rascal" James is looking at between 161 and 180 years in prison if he is given a standard sentence.
Jose "Solo" Jesus Mancilla is facing between 162 and 181 years in prison, and Jaime Lopez, aka Andrew Morales Loberg, "...is looking at 159.25 to 176.75 years" in prison under the standard range sentence.
The defendants, said Hintze, used three firearms and three five-year enhancements could be added to the defendants' sentences.
"That's 105 years in firearm enhancements alone," said the prosecutor.
The foursome were convicted for riddling the trailer with more than 20 bullets from a .40 caliber pistol, a .22 caliber rifle and an SKS-style assault rifle while seven people occupied the Outlook residence.
Authorities were provided a description of the Mitsubishi Gallant the four were riding in and located the vehicle within minutes of the shooting. The guns were discovered mere yards away from the vehicle and DNA did not reveal whether the weapons were used by the suspects. Hintze argued in court that it couldn't be a coincidence that the suspects matched witness statements and the weapons were located not far from the vehicle they were in.
Ballistics also proved the guns were used in the crime.
Mancilla, said Hintze, is the suspect in a drug case the prosecutor's office is handling. However, a decision has not yet been made as to whether or not he will stand trial in that case.
Jaime Lopez also has a pending case out of Chehalis, but Hintze does not know the status of the case since it is out of the hands of Yakima County.
A sentencing date for the four defendants' role in the Outlook shooting has yet to be set.