Walla Walla teen sentenced for assault with bat

Antonio Carmona-Hernandez pleaded guilty in October to hitting a person with a baseball bat in March.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 16-year-old youth was sentenced this morning to 30 days in detention for assaulting a boy during a gang-related fight last winter in the area of 12th Avenue and Birch Street.

But Antonio Carmona-Hernandez, of 308 N. Sixth Ave., won't have to serve the time if he successfully completes a year of community supervision.

The sentence imposed by Superior Court Commissioner Scott Wolfram was recommended by the prosecution in a plea agreement. The standard-range penalty Carmona-Hernandez faced was up to 30 days. He has not been in custody pending the outcome of his case.

Carmona-Hernandez pleaded guilty Oct. 15 in the court's Juvenile Department to a charge of third-degree assault. He had been accused of second-degree assault, which was reduced in exchange for his guilty plea.

Officials said Carmona-Hernandez hit Christian J. Ramos in the head and shoulder with a baseball bat during an altercation about 11:20 a.m. March 7 near Ramos' residence. Police said Carmona-Hernandez, co-defendant Roberto R. Arroyo and others had arrived in a vehicle, after which a dispute arose between Ramos and the vehicle's occupants.

Carmona-Hernandez reportedly was holding the bat as he got out of the car and then hit Ramos with it. Arroyo and others also exited the car and Arroyo assisted in the assault, officials said.

Police believe, at some point, Ramos acquired the bat and struck Carmona-Hernandez in the head, seriously injuring him. Ramos, 17, is facing a trial Dec. 21 in juvenile court on a charge of second-degree assault.

Arroyo, 20, of 330 W. Chestnut St., pleaded guilty Aug. 10 in the court's adult division to a felony riot charge and was sentenced to the 46 days he had served in the County Jail.

Carmona-Hernandez also was charged with fourth-degree assault in an alleged, unrelated attack. But that charge was dropped as part of his plea agreement.

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

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