Shooter in Walla Walla drive-by pleads guilty to three crimes

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WALLA WALLA — A man who fired a handgun from a moving vehicle in the city a year ago faces up to a year in the County Jail after pleading guilty Monday afternoon to three crimes.

Frank P. Tamayo, 28, entered the guilty pleas in Superior Court to the charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a felony, and two gross-misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

The standard-range jail term is four months to a year. He will be sentenced later.

In a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending Tamayo be ordered to serve the low end of the standard range and two years of probation.

Tamayo had been accused of two counts of drive-by shooting, one count of possessing a stolen firearm and the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, all felonies. But the prosecution agreed to reduce the case in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Police said Tamayo was a backseat passenger in a 2002 Dodge Neon when he fired four or five shots into the air while traveling in the area of Isaacs Avenue and Ash Street about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 30, 2012.

He then reportedly shot three more times as the car was near Eighth Avenue and Moore Street. No injuries were reported.

Officials stopped the vehicle shortly afterward near Pine and Bowman streets.

A stolen .38-caliber revolver was located in the backseat floorboard area of the car, according to officials. Tamayo can’t legally have a gun due to a previous conviction as a juvenile.

Police couldn’t identify a target or motive for the shooting.

Tamayo was arrested and booked into the County Jail at the time. He later was released pending the outcome of his case and remains free until his sentencing.

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

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