WALLA WALLA — A man accused in a March stabbing on West Sumach Street pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon.
Brian Lamprea, 19, entered the plea in Superior Court just as jury selection was to get under way at his trial.
In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to drop two counts of second-degree assault and recommend a prison term of nine-and-a-half years.
Lamprea — who had intended to claim self-defense if his trial had proceeded — will be sentenced later.
Police said the assault occurred about 6:15 p.m. March 8 after Lamprea went to a residence in the 200 block of West Sumach.
He began to fight with Felix Marquez, stabbed him multiple times in the abdomen and back, then swung the knife about 3 feet from two witnesses who had chased him as he tried to escape, according to a police report filed in court.
Officials said Lamprea then ran into a stranger’s house in the 100 block of North Fifth Avenue, but was pulled out by one of the witnesses and held until police took him into custody and booked him in the county jail.
Marquez was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.
Reportedly a local gang member, Lamprea was released from jail earlier this year after serving a 74-day sentence for felony riot in a confrontation in which he allegedly stabbed a man in July.