Lacey man pleads guilty to murder, assaults

Staff writerMay 10, 2013 

In this March 2012 file photo, police respond to a report of a shooting on Danials Loop Southeast in Lacey. (Steve Bloom/staff photographer)

STEVE BLOOM — Staff photographer

A 19-year-old Lacey man is facing 17 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder and three other felony charges Friday for being involved in a triple shooting that left one man dead and two others wounded in March 2012.

Xavier Anderson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault and first-degree burglary before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.

The guilty conviction was part of a plea deal with the county prosecutor’s office that if followed would result in 17 years in prison followed by three years in community custody, Dixon said.

The maximum sentencing for the second-degree murder charge alone is almost 25 years in prison. The maximum sentencing for each assault charge is 3.5 years and the maximum for the burglary charge is just over six years, Dixon said.

Anderson will be sentenced later. He was involved in a shooting that killed Joshua W. Nelson and injured Brandon and Justin Collado.

Court papers say that Anderson, then 18, came up with the plan to rob $15,000 cash from one of the residents of Anderson’s Lacey home.

Records allege it was then 21-year-old Anthony Busby of Lacey who pulled the trigger of a .38-caliber revolver that killed Nelson and shot the Collados in the chest and legs.

Busby told police that Anderson brought the gun to the house and asked Anderson to give him the gun once they got there “since they were outnumbered,” documents state.

Busby allegedly pulled the gun from the pocket of his hoodie and shot Nelson, who fell to the ground. Busby then demanded the money from the Collados, then shot them.

Anderson allegedly came into the house and started looking for the money, but never found it.

Busby’s case is pending. Both were originally accused of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree robbery.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476

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