Man convicted of shooting Pasco resident

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 16, 2014 

A 36-year-old man was convicted Thursday of shooting a Pasco man in the shoulder last February.

A Franklin County Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Manuel Juan Preciado for second-degree assault with a firearm enhancement.

He was acquitted of a separate charge of attempted first-degree kidnapping of Ramon Jaimes Galvez.

Preciado faces three to nine months for the assault. The firearm charge carries a mandatory three-year prison term.

Preciado and his accomplice Salvador Garcia were armed with handguns when they confronted Galvez outside his apartment on Feb. 27 last year, court documents said.

The two men intended to force Galvez into their pickup and hold him for ransom because he owed Preciado a large amount of money but the plan went awry when the victim realized what was happening and fought off his attackers and was shot.

Before the case went to trial, Galvez allegedly tried to blackmail Preciado's wife for $10,000 with a promise he would skip town and not testify at the trial.

Galvez, 32, pleaded innocent recently in Benton County Superior Court to one count of bribe receiving by a witness. The rarely seen charge is a felony. When he was arrested, he also faced a methamphetamine possession charge and outstanding warrants.

Garcia, 38, is serving about five years in state prison for his guilty pleas last May to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree kidnapping.

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