A 25-year-old man was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for the carjacking of an acquaintance.
Juan Manuel Reyes was convicted of first-degree robbery Aug. 21 by a Franklin County Superior Court jury.
On Tuesday, Judge Vic VanderSchoor ordered him to do the state prison time. The standard range for the crime is three years to four years.
Reyes is said to be a transient who often spends his time in Pasco.
According to Pasco police and court documents, Gabriel Valdovinos-Villegas received a phone call Feb. 25 from Reyes. He considered Reyes to be an acquaintance, so when he asked for a ride, Valdovinos-Villegas agreed to pick up Reyes and his girlfriend, Evelyn Guizar.
The couple waited for Valdovinos-Villegas at a South 28th Avenue convenience store.
Reyes wanted a ride to the area of 12th Avenue and Sylvester Street, and told Valdovinos-Villegas to park in an alley behind a West Nixon Street address.
That's when Reyes allegedly pulled out a black handgun and held it to Valdovinos-Villegas' head, telling the driver to get out of the 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Reyes also took everything out of the driver's pockets, including his wallet and cellphone, court documents said.
Reyes then drove away in the Mitsubishi while the victim ran to friends to call police.
Officer Rodrigo Pruneda was on patrol at 7:54 p.m. when he was dispatched to 15th Avenue and Court Street to meet with Valdovinos-Villegas. The victim reported that he had been robbed by Reyes at gunpoint and his car stolen.
Valdovinos-Villegas told the officer that the suspect goes by the nickname of "dopey" and had a recent shoplifting arrest, court documents said. Pruneda then checked a police database and found Reyes listed with that moniker and the arrest, documents said.
On March 1, a citizen saw Reyes at 12:23 p.m. near North Morain Street and West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick and called police dispatch. An off-duty officer, who also knew Reyes was wanted, called with the same information and identified the suspect, police said.
Several Kennewick police units responded and found Reyes at a bus stop. He cooperated during his arrest.
Reyes had a realistic looking BB pistol on him at the time. He then was turned over to Pasco police and booked into the Franklin County jail.
Reyes' only felony history before this crime is a 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
He has been ordered to have no contact with Valdovinos-Villegas, 22, and Guizar, 19, both for 50 years.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer