Walla Walla man sentenced in February riot

Birzavit Carmona-Hernandez was ordered to perform community service for his role in the February 2011 fight.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty to a riot charge in connection with a reported gang-related fight in early February last year was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 80 hours of community service.

Birzavit Carmona-Hernandez, 19, of 308 N. Sixth Ave., was ordered to perform the service within six months in lieu of spending 10 days in the County Jail.

Carmona-Hernandez -- who has not been in custody pending the outcome of his case -- could have been ordered to serve up to a year in jail, but Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation.

Schacht also placed Carmona-Hernandez on a year of community custody, a form of probation.

Carmona-Hernandez pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to the felony charge.

Police said he and others were involved in assaults on residents and visitors at a home in the 600 block of West Cherry Street on Feb. 2.

He also initially was charged with second-degree assault and harassment for allegedly swinging a stick at a person and threatening to kill a different person. But those charges were dismissed as the result of a plea agreement.

A co-defendant, Jesse Corona, 19, of 115 N. Fifth Ave., pleaded guilty in September to a gross-misdemeanor riot charge for reportedly ordering his friends to "rush" the victims.

Corona later received a 330-day suspended jail sentence and 12 months of probation. However, because he faces new charges for allegedly stabbing two people in a fight Dec. 24 in the 400 block of South Eighth Avenue, the prosecution plans to ask that his probation be revoked.

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

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