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Sunnyside man faces four-year prison sentence

YAKIMA - Armando Cortez Lopez, 29, of Sunnyside was sentenced to 44 months in prison for a crime committed last March.

This past November Lopez was convicted of attempted indecent liberties with forcible compulsion, according to officials with the Yakima County Superior Court.

Lopez last March approached a 64-year-old woman and grabbed her in a downtown Sunnyside alley with the intent to sexually assault her. A witness interrupted the assault and followed Lopez to Pepe's Bakery in Sunnyside. The witness contacted Sunnyside police but officers were unable to locate the suspect inside the local business.

Police found his vehicle behind the bakery, obtained a search warrant and found a sweatshirt the witness said he had been wearing located inside the vehicle.

Lopez was considered a fugitive for nearly a week before he turned himself into authorities.

Officials say the minimum sentence that is within the standard range for a crime of this nature is between 38 and 51 months in prison.

If Lopez is released from prison after serving a lighter sentence, he will be supervised by the Department of Corrections for the remainder of his life, according to Yakima County Superior Court officials.

The conviction is Lopez's first strike under the Washington state three-strikes law.

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