A 20-year-old Pasco man took a plea deal Tuesday for his role in a gang-related shooting at Chiawana Park in Pasco this past summer.
Carlos Salcedo-Valdivia pleaded guilty to reduced second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment.
He previously had been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a gun and rioting, along with the three reckless endangerment counts, which are gross misdemeanors.
Salcedo-Valdivia is expected to be sentenced next week in Franklin County Superior Court. Prosecutors agreed to recommended a two-year prison term on the assault charge and 30 days for reckless endangerment.
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Salcedo-Valdivia was with a group of gang members who confronted Ronnie Lopez of Pasco at a barbecue in Chiawana Park on Aug. 1.
After reportedly throwing gang signs at Lopez, a member of the group jumped him and started punching him, documents said.
Lopez, who had a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his pistol but it had no round in the chamber, documents said. David Reyes then fired at Lopez several times, and Lopez chambered a round and fired back, hitting Reyes twice.
Reyes pleaded guilty in December to second-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment but has yet to be sentenced.
Kennewick man pleads innocent on gun charge
A Kennewick man spent his 29th birthday in Franklin County Superior Court where he pleaded innocent to accusations he had shown a gun in a Pasco nightclub and possessed ecstasy pills.
Simeon Clarence Earl Howard faces trial April 27 for first-degree possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Police were called out Feb. 26 to the Out & About club at 327 W. Lewis St., after security personnel reported a man inside the club had a gun, court documents said.
A patron reportedly told the security guard that Howard had flashed a handgun.
When officers tried to talk to Howard, he attempted to run and was seen reaching toward a gun in his waistband, documents said.
Officers shocked him with a Taser and the handgun fell to the ground, documents said.
He allegedly moved toward it, but was stopped and handcuffed by police.
When he was searched, officers found two packages, each containing five suspected ecstasy pills and a package of suspected marijuana, documents said.
His criminal history showed multiple felony convictions, including two convictions for second-degree robbery in Benton County in 2003 and 2007.
Vehicular homicide trial delayed for woman, 47
Trial was delayed for a Kennewick woman accused crashing head-on into another car, killing the Pasco driver.
Lori Ann Christensen, 47, was set to stand trial March 30 for vehicular homicide but agreed Tuesday to delay her trial to May 25.
She is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with "disregard for the safety of others" Sept. 24, when she pulled out of a Motel 6 parking lot onto Oregon Avenue and crossed the center line.
She collided with Orlando Abarca-Rivera's car, killing the 35-year-old.
Christensen told police she had a couple of beers the night before, and a firefighter at the scene told Washington State Patrol troopers he could smell alcohol on her, documents said.