Teen sentenced to 30 days in attack on truck driver

Noe Jaimez also received an additional 30-day term on a separate vehicle-prowl charge.

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WALLA WALLA -- A teenager involved in an attack last winter on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the county's Juvenile Justice Center.

Noe Jaimez, 15, of 927 W. Poplar St., also was handed an additional 30-day term on a separate vehicle-prowl charge.

The sentences, recommended by the prosecution in a plea agreement, were imposed by Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, who also placed Jaimez on one year of probation when he's released.

Jaimez pleaded guilty Nov. 24 in the court's Juvenile Department to the charge of second-degree attempted robbery related to the attack on the truck driver.

The charge was reduced from first-degree attempted robbery.

Police said he and another youth, Robert L. Deleon, were involved in a confrontation with Jonathan Dickson of Portland near the back door of Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 481 N. Wilbur Ave., about 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Dickson had been in the cab of his truck when he heard noises and came upon the teenagers who had broken into the semi's trailer, according to a police report filed in court. Officials said DeLeon struck Dickson with a decorative lantern that had been taken from the trailer and both teens fled through a yard.

Dickson was treated at a local hospital for facial lacerations following the attack.

DeLeon, now 17, later was identified as a suspect and arrested Feb. 10.

He pleaded guilty in late April to a first-degree robbery charge and is serving a sentence of 103-129 weeks in a state juvenile institution.

Jaimez, who was charged in July, had not been in custody pending the outcome of his case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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