WALLA WALLA — A man accused of arming himself with a gun in August, then threatening and demanding items from employees at a vineyard where he formerly worked pleaded guilty Tuesday in Superior Court to reduced charges.
Olsen Giovanny Perez Tello, 22, entered guilty pleas to one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.
He faces up to a year in the County Jail when he’s sentenced later, but the prosecution is recommending a three-month term with credit for time served.
Perez Tello initially was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted robbery and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault. But the case was reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.
Perez Tello reportedly went to the front gate of LesCollines Vineyard, 4137 Hood Road, about 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 in a vehicle with another male and two females.
Perez Tello got out of the car, held a gun to the head of Ivan Ibarra, and demanded money and car keys, according to a Sheriff’s Office report filed in court.
Ibarra then reportedly asked Perez Tello to allow him to drive his vehicle to the work site. Perez Tello accompanied Ibarra, and after they arrived approached Jose Lemus-Ruiz, pointed the gun at his head and threatened to kill him, the Sheriff’s Office report says.
Perez Tello eventually left, but was apprehended Aug. 16 in the 200 block of South Ninth Avenue in Walla Walla.
Officials said Perez Tello was employed by the vineyard last year.