A 29-year-old man cut short his trial by admitting Thursday he killed a Pasco teen outside a dance club.
Santos Flores-Alcaide pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.
His trial started Monday with jury selection, and prosecutors called their first three witnesses Wednesday.
“So you’re giving up the right for this trial to go any further, you understand that?” Judge Robert Swisher asked Thursday morning.
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He had claimed he was defending his nephew, Enrique Alcaide, when he fired several shots at Eduardo Angon Del Villar on Aug. 30.
The relatives were being tried together before one jury.
Alcaide, 23, also pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree manslaughter.
Alcaide of Sunnyside got into a fistfight with Angon Del Villar, 19, after leaving La Tropicana nightclub on West Columbia Street.
Alcaide’s uncle, Santos-Alcaide, then retrieved a pistol from their truck and returned to fire the shots at close range. He then allegedly turned the gun on a witness who was trying to help the victim.
Santos-Alcaide of Grandview had been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and possession of a stolen gun.
He faces 10 years and three months to 18 years and four months in prison, with a recommended sentence at the top of the range.
Alcaide had been charged with first-degree murder.
He is looking at one year and nine months to two years and three months. Prosecutors will ask for an exceptional term of 7 1/2 years. Sentencing tentatively is July 19.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.