A 20-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet is back in court for allegedly having guns taken in a January home burglary.
Anthony Abarca Rosales pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to two counts of second-degree gun possession and one count of possessing methamphetamine.
His trial is May 7.
Rosales was arrested March 9 by Kennewick police after an investigation into the Jan. 23 burglary of a home on East Sixth Avenue. Guns were among the items stolen.
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Four days later, Rosales gave two guns to a man to repay a debt, court documents said. The guns -- a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a .50-caliber muzzleloader -- had been reported stolen, so the man surrendered them to police.
One of the guns was allegedly taken in the Jan. 23 burglary, documents said.
Rosales of Pasco is not supposed to own or possess guns because he has six prior felony convictions, including for possessing a stolen gun, according to prosecutors.
He is being held in the Benton County jail on $35,000 bail.
Kennewick man admits to molesting young girl
A 37-year-old Kennewick man admitted to sexually assaulting a grade-school girl.
Eric Jonathan Hansen pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation.
The molestation came to light in late 2011 when the girl told her mother about being inappropriately touched.
Hansen, when interviewed by Kennewick police, admitted to touching the girl but said it was her idea and he reciprocated only after she started kissing him intimately, documents said.
He denied doing anything else, but in a second interview reportedly gave more details.
Hansen's sentencing is set for April 19 because the state Department of Corrections first needs to complete a presentencing report.
He faces from four years and three months to five years and eight months in prison at a minimum, with the potential for life because the sex crime qualifies as an indeterminate sentence.
That means his eventual release from prison will be decided by a state board based on his admission of wrongdoing and his participation in treatment programs.
Hansen was taken into custody pending his sentencing.
Pasco man heading to jail for stealing jewelry
A Pasco man will spend three months in jail for taking jewelry from a relative's safe to support his drug habit.
Julio Cesar Morfin Morfin, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
Court documents show that on Feb. 13, Morfin Morfin called his cousin's wife and offered to pick up her 11-year-old son after school. Brooklyn Mendoza gave Morfin Morfin permission, but came home from work to find her son home alone.
The boy told his mom that while home with Morfin Morfin, he saw the man look under Mendoza's bed where she keeps a safe, documents said. Morfin Morfin told the kid he was looking for a phone, then left the home shortly thereafter.
Mendoza checked her safe and discovered her jewelry was missing. Her house had been burglarized the previous month and the safe key stolen, so she reportedly was using a spare key to gain access.
The victim's relatives immediately began calling Tri-City pawn shops to see if they could find any of the stolen items. They had success when they reached Ace Jewelry & Loan in Kennewick. Court documents claim Morfin Morfin pawned jewelry at 3:17 p.m. that day and received $610 for the items.
Officers were still at the shop when Morfin Morfin and Mendoza came in. Mendoza reportedly had confronted him about the theft and he denied it. She then told him to go with her to the pawn shop, documents said.
One the way, Morfin Morfin claimed he had stolen and pawned jewelry from his mother, not Mendoza. However, as Mendoza got closer to the shop and saw the patrol car, he started crying and said he couldn't go to jail once he saw a patrol car parked there, court documents said.
In his plea statement, Morfin Morfin said he took the items "to gain money for drugs. When I was arrested, I told the officer I needed to go into a drug treatment program."
Mendoza identified two pieces of her jewelry that Morfin Morfin had pawned at Ace, documents said.