Walla Walla teen sentenced in gang-related altercation

Christian J. Ramos was ordered to serve 30 days for assault and malicious mischief.

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WALLA WALLA -- A youth who assaulted a man in a reported gang-related altercation last year was sentenced this morning in the Juvenile Department of Superior Court.

Christian J. Ramos, 17, of 930 W. Birch St., was ordered to serve a total of 30 days in detention for the crimes of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

But he was given credit for the 24 days he previously served and won't have to serve the balance if he successfully completes nine months of community supervision.

Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht could have locked Ramos up for 60 days under standard-range guidelines.

Ramos pleaded guilty April 14 to the two crimes. He initially faced the more-serious charges of second-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief, but they were reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.

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, of 923 1/2 W. Chestnut St., 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.

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

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