Two Tri-City men are going to prison for a couple of years for beating up a man with a pistol and a wrench in an early-morning Kennewick robbery.
Johnny Contreras Borrego and Mario Velasquez, both 22, were sentenced Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court.
Both men pleaded guilty last month to one count each of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon allegation and second-degree robbery.
The victim, Jesus A. Sanchez, 39, needed 16 stitches to close two large cuts around his right eye from the Sept. 5 incident.
According to Kennewick police and court documents, Borrego, his brother-in-law Velasquez and some of Borrego's neighbors started drinking Sept. 4 during a barbecue. The party went late into the night.
Police were called at 3 a.m. to 402 W. 10th Ave. for reports of an assault in progress. Officers arrived to see two men walking through a yard, when one of the men was holding his head, then collapsed before going into a trailer, documents said.
Sanchez was taken to Kennewick General Hospital for treatment. He said he had been visiting friends at their mobile home when he was approached by two men from the neighboring trailer.
The men -- identified through photo montages as Borrego and Velasquez -- demanded that Sanchez hand over his money and take off his boots, court documents said. Sanchez told his attackers that he didn't have any money, but Borrego pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim's side and then used it to hit him on the head, documents said.
Velasquez then allegedly stepped in and began repeatedly punching Sanchez in the head, continuing to demand the victim's wallet. Velasquez picked up a wrench that had been in the yard and came at Sanchez with it, but didn't actually strike the victim because Sanchez was able to get away at that time, court documents said.
The suspects took Sanchez's cellphone during the attack, documents said.
Borrego got a two-year, one-month sentence, which includes a mandatory one-year enhancement. He had a prior conviction for second-degree malicious mischief.
In his plea statement, Borrego said a neighbor had invited them to come over and have drinks on his property.
"After all of us had been drinking for a while, I got into an argument with (Sanchez) and (Sanchez) was injured; he had a cut on his forehead probably from a wrench that was lying on a table," he said.
The victim's phone was found in Borrego's trailer the next day, the statement said. "Because I was drunk, I do not remember a lot of what happened to (Sanchez)."
Velasquez of Kennewick got two years in prison. He had no known felony convictions before this case.
Velasquez wrote in his plea statement: "I was drunk but participated in an assault on a person in Benton County. The victim was hit over his right eye (by) an object and caused a scar over his eye. ... I was with another person who was also involved in the crime."
Borrego and Velasquez originally were charged with first-degree robbery, but prosecutors amended it to second-degree robbery along with the assault as a part of plea negotiations.
Deputy Prosecutor Megan Whitmire said because the witnesses had been drinking since the afternoon before the attack, "their ability to accurately identify the suspects and recall events" was in question.
The amended charges reflect a compromise, Whitmire said in court documents, because Borrego doesn't take the risk of being convicted of the more serious charge at trial and prosecutors avoid potential evidentiary problems.
The men were ordered to have no contact with Sanchez for 10 years.
They will have to pay restitution to the Crime Victims Compensation Program in Olympia for Sanchez's medical costs, but the amount hasn't yet been determined.