PASCO - A 20-year-old man who cooperated with police after a deadly robbery attempt at a Kennewick home was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and four months in prison.
Jorge Hernandez of Pasco pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to attempted first-degree robbery with a firearm. His sentence includes a mandatory five-year term for the firearm.
Hernandez went with Tyler Stock and two other alleged accomplices to a North Buntin Street home early Jan. 11. Their plan was reportedly to take $70,000 in cash from the resident, Ramon Madrigal.
However, Madrigal feared for his safety when a masked man knocked on his door about 1:21 a.m., and he opened fire as the armed intruder pushed open the front door.
Stock, 20, of Kennewick, was killed.
Hernandez was one of three men who prosecutors charged with helping plan and carry out the attempted home-invasion burglary.
"I armed myself with a pistol intending to use it to rob a person of his property in his residence," Hernandez wrote in his plea statement. "I went to his house and confronted him, and the intended victim shot and killed a confederate."
Armando Rodriguez-Willis, 20, is charged with first-degree burglary and Dwight Norwood, 38, with first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon.
Their trials are set for June 6.
Hernandez was arrested a day after the shooting and gave information to police, including the identities of Rodriguez-Willis and Norwood, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Larry Zeigler acknowledged that his client cooperated with Kennewick detectives.
"But for him, they wouldn't have anything," he said.
Wednesday's plea deal was premised on the agreement of the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the case investigators not to pursue further charges against Hernandez, he said. That includes the results of a search warrant at Hernandez's home, where the alleged getaway car was found out of view in the backyard.
"This is a good result for everybody all the way around," Zeigler said.
Prosecutor Andy Miller said the resolution in Hernandez's case is because of the Kennewick Police Department investigation.
"We're pleased to have the guilty plea and a prison sentence that's appropriate for his role in the crime," he said.
Hernandez's criminal history includes three convictions for delivery of a controlled substance and two for possession of a controlled substance.