Walla Walla teen pleads guilty in gang fight

Antonio Carmona-Hernandez faces up to 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center in connection with a June riot.

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WALLA WALLA -- A youth has pleaded guilty to participating in a massive gang-related fight outside St. Patrick Catholic Church in June.

Antonio Carmona-Hernandez, 15, of 308 N. Sixth Ave., entered the guilty plea Thursday in the Juvenile Department of Superior Court to a charge of felony riot.

He faces up to 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center when he's sentenced later. He had been released from detention after his initial arrest pending the outcome of his case and the prosecution is recommending no further detention time be ordered.

Carmona-Hernandez admitted he was armed with a baseball bat during the fight, and along with others used or threatened to use force against another person.

A second juvenile and two men are scheduled to stand trial later. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges.

Most of the defendants were arrested Sept. 3 during a coordinated sweep by about 10 area law enforcement officers.

Walla Walla police said the brawl involving 60-100 people occurred shortly before midnight June 13 outside the church where a graduation party was under way. A group of gang members had started harassing three associates of a rival gang and calling on one of them to fight, according to a police report filed in court.

Those being harassed left the area and allegedly armed themselves with various weapons. The fight broke out when they returned and one man wielded a bat, police said.

At least three people were injured.

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

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