Pasco man convicted for attack on women reported to belong to rival gang

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 11, 2013 

A 25-year-old Pasco man was convicted by a Franklin County Superior Court jury for attacking two women who reportedly were part of a rival gang last February.

Isidro Licon was found guilty of two counts of second-degree assault with gun enhancements and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Licon's trial started Jan. 2. Jurors got the case Wednesday and returned a verdict Thursday.

Licon was charged after a Feb. 10 assault at a Pasco apartment of a 33-year-old mother and her 18-year-old daughter.

Sylvia Guerra said Licon yelled and threatened her, then attacked her daughter, Selina Cortez, when Cortez came to Guerra's aid. Licon threw Cortez to the ground, pointed a gun in her face and threatened to shoot her, Guerra said.

The attack at the apartment happened just hours before Licon allegedly shot a man in the face or neck outside a Pasco convenience store.

Licon is expected to go to trial Jan. 23 in Franklin County Superior Court in that case. He's charged with first-degree assault, attempted first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

Licon was on the lam for two months, but was arrested by Benton County sheriff's deputies on April 13 after they got a tip about him.

Before that arrest, Licon led deputies on a short chase, hopping some fences and tossing a pistol and ammunition while trying to get away.

Licon was charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree possession of a gun and was sentenced in November to nine months in jail. The convicted felon has been in custody since his April arrest.

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