A 33-year-old man has admitted that six years ago he drove a friend from the scene of a Pasco murder.
Nestor Alejandro Rosales-Jimenez pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree rendering criminal assistance, a gross misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 70 days in jail with 295 days suspended.
Rosales-Jimenez was given credit for the time served in jail since his arrest two months ago, and was told he won't have to do the rest if he pays his fines and does not commit any similar crimes.
The charge was reduced from first-degree rendering criminal assistance, a felony, because prosecutors were unable to locate a key witness from the 2004 case, according to court documents.
Rosales-Jimenez was one of three men charged after Miguel Cortes was killed while trying to collect $250 in rent. Carlos Villanueva-Garcia and Sesar Seberin-Villanueva -- brothers who knew Cortes in Colima, Mexico -- were named as the assailants.
Villanueva-Garcia, 26, already has served a two-year, three-month sentence for second-degree manslaughter in the case. He was sent back to Mexico in 2007.
However, Seberin-Villanueva, 28, never was arrested and was last known to be living in Mexico. He is wanted for second-degree murder.
The brothers had moved into Cortes' three-bedroom East Lewis Street apartment just days before the shooting. Cortes, 36, was a carpenter and handyman.
On June 10, 2004, he reminded the brothers that they owed him money. The men asked Cortes to step outside so they could pay him, but instead he was shot several times, court documents said.
He died from those wounds.
Rosales-Jimenez drove the men away in his 1995 Ford truck, which was later found abandoned in Kennewick, documents said.
He was returned to Pasco in April after serving a sentence in a California prison for an unrelated drug conviction. His court costs include $905 in extradition reimbursement.
The court ordered Rosales-Jimenez to have no contact with Cortes' 16-year-old daughter and her mother.
Man accused of luring boys pleads innocent
A Pasco man is insisting on representing himself against charges he tried to lure four young boys to his house.
Neftali Silverio Camacho pleaded innocent to one count of luring, a felony. His trial is set for Aug. 18.
According to court documents, Camacho went inside the Rite Aid drug store on June 10 to wire money by Western Union.
A store employee said Camacho was leaving the North Fourth Avenue store when he stopped and talked with four boys, ages 7 to 10. A clerk said she heard Camacho ask if they wanted to come to his house to watch videos, documents said.
When they declined, Camacho allegedly said, "Come on. It will be fun," and gave them his address on Shoshone Street.
In an interview with police, Camacho said, "I just went to Rite Aid and sent my girlfriend some money. I did nothing wrong. I just asked some kids to come over and watch videos. It's a neighborhood tradition," court documents said.
Camacho is in jail on $25,000 bail.
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