A Pasco teen is going to prison for seven years and nine months for beating a man with a pistol outside of Walmart.
Daniel A. Loera, 17, was sentenced in Franklin County Superior Court for his guilty plea to first-degree assault.
Pasco police were called to the Road 68 store at 8:15 p.m. May 30 for reports of a man being attacked by three men. One of the assailants was armed with a handgun, court documents said.
A witness who called 911 told dispatchers that the suspects had left in a black Nissan Sentra, which was being driven by a female.
The car was stopped at Sandifur Parkway and Convention Drive by a Franklin County sheriff's deputy. Pasco units arrived to help take the suspects into custody.
Loera denied any wrongdoing, but the driver confirmed Leora had the pistol, and witnesses who were driven to the scene identified him as the lead attacker, documents said.
The victim reportedly told police that he was beat down with a pistol while the suspects demanded money from him. He received several deeps cuts to his head that needed to be treated with staples.
As a part of his sentence, Loera was ordered to have no contact with the victim for 40 years, to have no contact with known gang members and not to possess gang paraphernalia, including clothing or medallions.
He must help pay $1,718.04 to the Crime Victims Compensation Program in Olympia to cover the victim's medical costs.
The driver, Rose Elizabeth Venzor, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree rendering criminal assistance, and Felipe Farias pleaded guilty as a juvenile to attempted first-degree robbery.
Allen P. Nicholson also was charged as a juvenile with attempted first-degree robbery. The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be re-filed if prosecutors get additional evidence.
Pasco man sentenced for sexual assault on girl
A 77-year-old Pasco man could be locked up for the rest of his life for sexually assaulting a young girl.
Stanley Razey was ordered to serve five years and seven months in prison. He pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to first-degree child molestation.
However, since the charge qualifies for an indeterminate sentence, Razey must serve the term in its entirety before a state board will decide if he is ready for release.
His prison time could be extended if he doesn't participate in treatment or required programs to show that he no longer is a danger to society.
Court documents show that Razey was arrested in October 2011 after he was found in a questionable position with the victim. He initially denied touching the girl, but later told police "he had done wrong, was seeking help and wanted to make things right," documents said.
The victim said in an interview that the molestation had occurred over several months.
She is not named under a Herald policy not to identify people who report being sexually assaulted.
The girl's mother, in a letter to the court, said Razey "has ruined an innocent little life."
The girl has been in counseling to help talk about her feelings and understand that what happened to her is not her fault, the mother said.
She asked for Razey to serve at least five years behind bars, to register as a sex offender and to get some help for his problems because "no child is safe around him."
A presentencing report completed by the state Department of Corrections said Razey is manipulative and dishonest about his history and predatory behavior, and has a lack of empathy and concern for the victim.
The judge signed a signed a sexual assault protection order telling Razey to have no contact with the girl for 20 years.
His criminal record includes convictions for carnal knowledge in 1958, escape, burglary, larceny and second-degree assault in 1958, and indecent liberties in 1983.
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