YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima gang member and convicted felon who was caught with a gun in a rival neighborhood was sentenced to nearly 3½ years in prison Tuesday on a gun charge.
Joseph A. Jasso, a 27-year-old LaRaza Norteño who goes by the street name “Smokedog,” was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his plea to a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Jasso has been in custody since March 25, when he was arrested in connection with a shots-fired call in the 1400 block of McKinley Avenue. The area is a known Sureño stronghold.
Police said they found a stolen Walter .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol under the car seat where Jasso was sitting. Several spent .380-caliber shell casings on the ground nearby were a ballistic match to the pistol. No bullet holes were found in structures or vehicles, however.
A trial date against co-defendant Pablo Angel Castillon, 30, is pending. Police identified Castillon as the driver of the car Jasso was riding in.
At the time of his arrest, Jasso was on parole for a 2010 conviction for burglary and second-degree assault. In that incident, he was caught burglarizing a home on South Third Street and fought with the homeowner in an effort to escape.
According to court records, he has prior convictions dating to age 14 for domestic assault, second-degree burglary, hit-and-run and possession of a stolen firearm.