WALLA WALLA -- A youth accused of committing two separate assaults last year pleaded guilty Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to reduced charges related to one of the attacks.
Christian J. Ramos, 17, of 930 W. Birch St., entered guilty pleas in the court's Juvenile Department to one count each of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. He had been charged with the more-serious crimes of second-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief.
He faces up to 60 days in detention when he's sentenced later.
Police said Ramos hit Corey J. Reece, 24, twice with a baseball bat during an altercation Sept. 19. The assault -- believed to be the result of continuing violence between two local gangs -- took place in the area of 12th Avenue and Willow Street, allegedly in retaliation for earlier damage to windows at Ramos' residence and four vehicles parked nearby.
Ramos broke windows in the vehicle Reece had been in before he was assaulted, officials said.
Reece suffered severe injuries to his face and head and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a police report filed in court.
Several months earlier, on March 7, 2010, Ramos was injured in a gang-related fight in the area of 12th and Birch, officials said. Police believed he also struck his assailant, Antonio Carmona-Hernandez, 16, with a bat, seriously injuring him.
Carmona-Hernandez later pleaded guilty to assaulting Ramos. But a second-degree assault charge against Ramos was dropped.