WALLA WALLA -- A teenager involved in an attack last winter on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate pleaded guilty this morning in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court to a reduced charge.
Noe Jaimez, 15, of 927 W. Poplar St., entered the guilty plea to a charge of second-degree attempted robbery. He faces a standard-range punishment of up to 30 days in the Juvenile Justice Center when he's sentenced later.
Jaimez initially was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, which was reduced in exchange for his guilty plea.
Police said Jaimez 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, is not in custody pending final disposition of his case.
He also pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree vehicle prowl for unlawfully entering a Pontiac Grand Am on Feb. 2. He also faces up to 30 days in detention for that crime.
An additional charge of possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds for allegedly having a butterfly knife at Walla Walla High School last spring was dismissed in the prosecution's plea agreement.
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