PASCO -- A 32-year-old Pasco man allegedly gave police a false name when arrested in April for drunken driving, then defrauded the court days later by pleading guilty using the same identity.
Juan Carlos Ramirez-Valdez is now charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree criminal impersonation.
He has pleaded innocent and faces trial Sept. 28.
According to court documents, Ramirez-Valdez was stopped on April 2 and could not provide Pasco Officer Chad Pettijohn with a valid driver's license or identification. He told Pettijohn his name was Antonio Valdez Acevedo.
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Pettijohn arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and no valid operator's license without identification, documents said.
Then on April 4 in Pasco Municipal Court, the city's prosecutor Bronson Brown offered Ramirez-Valdez a deal. Ramirez-Valdez talked with a defense attorney before pleading guilty to DUI, court documents said.
However, the court was unaware that Ramirez-Valdez was using an alias when he signed the paperwork with the Acevedo name, Brown said in documents.
Ramirez-Valdez's "accurate criminal history reflects DUI history that would have affected the mandatory minimum offer the city made in this case," Brown said.
Ramirez-Valdez is in the Franklin County jail on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
Man gets month in jail for Chiawana Park shooting
PASCO -- One year after a gang confrontation in Pasco's Chiawana Park frightened citizens, a 20-year-old man was ordered to serve one month in jail for his role in the shooting.
Ubaldo Reyes of Pasco was sentenced to the jail time for his July 19 guilty plea to felony rioting. He already had credit for 10 days behind bars, and was told he could do the remaining time on Washington state Department of Corrections work crew if eligible.
"On Aug. 1, 2010, ... I did act with a group of people creating a situation that may result in an assault while armed with a deadly weapon," he wrote in his plea statement.
Reyes did not have any criminal history that counted toward this sentence, court documents said.
His twin brother, David, has admitted to firing a gun in the dispute and was shot twice.
The brothers were part of a group of young men that confronted Ronnie Lopez at a barbecue in the crowded park. Lopez, 23, of Pasco, told the men that he didn't want any problems, but David Reyes jumped Lopez and started punching him, according to police and court documents.
Lopez, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his gun to defend himself but had no round in the chamber. After Reyes fired several times at Lopez, the victim was able to return fire, hitting Reyes.
The group fled the park, but police later arrested all of the men.
David Reyes is serving a three-year prison sentence.
3 teens face trial over alleged gang retaliation
PASCO -- Prosecutors have decided to try three young men together for allegedly retaliating against rival gang members in a May 31 shooting.
Jaime Tovar, 16, Ivan Madred Valdez, 18, and Juvenal Torres, 19, will face a Franklin County jury together Sept. 14.
They are charged with first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.
Torres is accused of firing several rounds from the front passenger seat of a Honda Accord toward a house at Fourth Avenue and A Street.
The home is said to be frequented by members of the rival gang involved in a shooting at a Kennewick Sun Mart on May 30.
In that incident, Torres and Tovar had met a group in the convenience store's parking lot when a minivan passed by and opened fire on the men, court documents said. Tovar was wounded in the leg.
Just before the shots were fired, someone inside the van reportedly yelled out the name of a gang.