WALLA WALLA — A man who pleaded guilty in connection with a gang-related New Year’s Day attack on a man was sentenced Monday.
Mario Diaz Jr., 19, of 247 W. Chestnut St., was sentenced to time already served in jail, 42 days, when he appeared before Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann. In addition, he was ordered to pay $1,637 in court costs and attorney’s fees.
Diaz pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of riot. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges of second-degree assault and possession of a pistol by a person 18-21 years old.
In his guilty plea, Diaz didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged there was evidence that might have convicted him.
Police said Diaz was among 15 suspected gang members who approached Tylur D. Tiedemann, 21, as he was walking in the area of Chase Avenue and Chestnut Street about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
The group asked Tiedemann and a companion, Jed J. Muse, 30, with what gang they were affiliated. After the two men replied they had no ties with any gang, they were assaulted.
Tiedemann told officials he was knocked to the ground and a man he believed to be Diaz held a silver pistol to his head and told him not to move while he was being kicked by several others.
Muse was also punched in the face and a main pointed a pistol at him, according to officials.
Diaz was arrested at his residence later in the month by the local SWAT team.