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Men involved in gang shootings plead guilty

Two men who were involved in a gang shooting at a crowded Pasco park this summer soon will start their prison terms.

Hector Farias and David Reyes, both 19, entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court. They will be sentenced next month.

Reyes pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a firearm, rioting and three counts of reckless endangerment.

His use of a gun in the assault means he will receive an enhanced sentence and likely will go behind bars for more than three years.

Reyes will be sentenced Jan. 11.

Farias pleaded guilty to charges of assault, rioting and three counts of reckless endangerment. He entered an Alford plea, which means he denied having committed the crime but agreed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

He likely will go to prison for about 18 months after his sentencing Jan. 25.

Court records show the two men were part of a group that confronted Ronnie Lopez, of Pasco, who was at a barbecue in Chiawana Park on Aug. 1.

Lopez, 23, told the men he didn't want any problems. But, according to police reports, Reyes jumped Lopez from behind and started punching him.

Lopez, who has a concealed weapon permit, pulled out his gun to defend himself but had no bullet in the chamber. After Reyes fired several times at Lopez, the attacked man was able to return fire, hitting Reyes twice.

Reyes and the other men fled the park but were arrested by police.

Multiple witnesses placed Farias at the park, but he was not charged with using a weapon.

Farias' twin brother, Victor Farias, pleaded guilty earlier this month and will spend a year in prison.

A hearing for Carlos Salcedo Valdivia, another man involved in the confrontation, was moved to Jan. 4 to give attorneys more time to prepare.

Pasco child porn case delayed for investigation

Also Tuesday, defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed they needed more time in a case against Morris McKeown.

The 58-year-old Pasco man is charged with keeping pornographic images of pre-adolescent girls on his computer, according to court documents.

His computer hard drive is being examined by forensic experts. Their report is expected in the next couple of weeks, said defense attorney Karla Kane.

McKeown will appear for another hearing Jan. 18.

Pasco sex offender to be deported after jail term

A Pasco man who groped a woman from a hiding place in a store clothes rack will face deportation after he serves three months in jail.

Jose Luis Ibarra was arrested Aug. 6 after a woman reported he had reached out from under a rack of clothing at the Pasco Goodwill store and touched her inappropriately.

Ibarra, 34, pleaded guilty to assault with sexual motivation and voyeurism on Oct. 26. On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Vic VanderSchoor sentenced him to 90 days in jail.

VanderSchoor added, after Ibarra serves his sentence, he will be transferred to Tacoma for an immigration hearing, which will likely result in his deportation.

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