A convicted felon admitted he had a rifle in a car when his friend was fatally shot at the front door of a Connell apartment.
Samelanxay Johnny Vongvilay, 23, faces prison time for the Aug. 11 incident.
The Pasco man, who goes by Johnny, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree gun possession.
In August, Vongvilay and friends John Bounhomsavanh and Jose Eduardo Carcamo went to a 114 E. Birch St. complex and knocked on an apartment door.
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Fernando Gonzalez was inside the apartment and claims the door then flew open and three men rushed in. Gonzalez told investigators he believed the men were there to burglarize the home, and he shot Bounhomsavanh.
Bounhomsavanh, 32, of Pasco, died of a gunshot wound to his chest.
An emotional Vongvilay called 911 to report that his “homie” had just been shot.
Gonzalez, who was 18 at the time, is charged with second-degree murder. Carcamo, now 26, and Vongvilay were charged with illegal gun possession.
Authorities said the two men had a .22-caliber rifle in the trunk of their car at the time, though it does not appear that the rifle was used in the shooting.
A .45-caliber pistol was found inside the apartment after Gonzalez told investigators he hid it inside a bag, documents said.
Gonzalez lives elsewhere in Connell but was staying at the apartment, Connell Police Chief Chris Turner previously said. The apartment residents weren’t home at the time.
Vongvilay, in his guilty plea statement, said he was aware the rifle was in the car and knew he was not supposed to be around guns or ammunition because of a prior felony conviction.
His sentencing is set for Dec. 9. He remains in the Franklin County jail on $100,000 bail.
Prosecutors plan to recommend a one-year, five-month term at the bottom of the standard range, but he could get an additional five months to the maximum sentence.
The state also agreed not to charge his with a Pasco case for violating a no-contact order in exchange for the plea, court documents said.
Both Gonzalez and Carcamo have trials set Jan. 28. Gonzalez’s bail is $250,000, while Carcamo is being held on $15,000 bail.