Man sentenced in vineyard assaults

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WALLA WALLA — A man who assaulted two men at a vineyard where he formerly worked was sentenced Monday afternoon to time he’d already served in the County Jail.

Olsen Giovanny Perez Tello, 23, was handed a 144-day sentence by Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann. But Perez Tello, who was arrested in August, was not released because he is being held for immigration authorities.

Lohrmann also placed Perez Tello on a year of community custody, a form of probation, and ordered him to pay nearly $1,900 in costs and fees associated with his case.

Perez Tello pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

He could have received up to a year in jail, but the time-served sentence Lohrmann imposed Monday was recommended in a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense.

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 prosecution agreed to reduce the case after lawyers interviewed witnesses, according to defense attorney Julie Brown.

She told Lohrmann in court that the way the case initially was charged “is not the way it’s ended up.” Therefore, she said, the guilty pleas and sentence amount to an “appropriate result.”

Officials reported that Perez Tello 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 a man, and demanded money and car keys, authorities said.

Perez Tello — who previously had been employed by the vineyard — later pointed the gun at the head of another man at a work site and threatened to kill him, a Sheriff’s Office report says.

Perez Tello was apprehended Aug. 16 in the 200 block of South Ninth Avenue in Walla Walla.

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

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