Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WALLA WALLA — A man, apologetic for having fired a handgun from a moving vehicle in the city about a year ago, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court to four months in the County Jail.
Frank P. Tamayo, 28, was ordered to serve the low end of the standard-range term for his crimes. He could have been sentenced to up to a year.
In imposing the jail term, Judge John Lohrmann accepted a prosecution recommendation.
Lohrmann gave Tamayo credit for the 28 days he spent in jail before being released pending the outcome of his case.
Lohrmann also handed Tamayo a year of suspended jail time with conditions, placed him on two years of probation and assessed him a total of $1,662 in costs and fees.
“What I did was wrong and I admitted it,” he told Lohrmann before the sentence was imposed.
“It was a stupid mistake.”
Tamayo said he wasn’t aiming the gun at anyone, but knows he placed people in danger. “I can’t tell you how much I regret this and how sorry I am.”
He added he since has been attending church functions and is property manager of an apartment building where he lives.
Tamayo pleaded guilty Oct. 28 to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a felony, and two gross-misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
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 initially was charged with 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.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.