WATERVILLE — Five men charged in an alleged gang-related shooting in East Wenatchee over the summer could face a single trial as codefendants.
Jorge Reyes, 25; Armando Valdez Godina, 36; Juan Arturo Bolaños, 28; Justino Omar Brito, 24; and Gustavo Piña Gaona, 19, were all arrested in the June 5 attack that left one man wounded. All are Wenatchee residents save Godina, who lists an East Wenatchee address.
Douglas County deputy prosecutor N. Smith Hagopian says all five conspired in the shooting, against a victim who spoke out after his son was allegedly assaulted by a member of the defendants’ gang. In court filings last week, Hagopian asked for all five to face a single trial on charges ranging from first-degree assault to attempted murder.
A hearing is set for Monday in Douglas County Superior Court to decide on whether to join the cases.
The shooting occurred at midday June 5 near Ninth and Baker streets, when the suspects allegedly staked out a home and opened fire as the victim returned to the house. One man was wounded in the attack while the car he was riding in sped away. East Wenatchee police said the attack arose from a previous assault June 2, in which a teenage victim was beaten and robbed, and the youth’s father sought to contact the assailants and “settle the issue,” according to court affidavits.
A sixth person, Angel Eduardo Montes of Wenatchee, 16 at the time of the crime, has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault and illegal firearm possession. He still faces a separate trial.