Despite a tearful plea for mercy, Freddy Munoz Razo was sentenced Tuesday to almost 42 years in prison for his role in shooting of a woman near a Wapato-area pond.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld acknowledged that Razo was not the one who pulled the trigger but said he could have stopped his accomplice from trying to kill Amy McGee in June 2016.
“You had the ability to stop that with the gun in your hand and show respect for her life,” Bartheld told Razo during the sentencing hearing in the basement of the Yakima County jail. “But you didn’t.”
Razo’s 41.5-year sentence also includes a five-year firearms enhancement.
A jury found Razo guilty earlier this year of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the attack on McGee, who was taken to the area off Flint Road by Razo and two other men, shot in the back of the head and left for dead June 1, 2016. She was found alive five days later.
While McGee testified that it was another man, Daniel Perez, who fired the shot after Razo refused to kill her, prosecutors said Razo was guilty as an accomplice and that he had brutally beaten her with a rock-filled bag.
Perez entered an Alford plea in 2018 to kidnapping and first-degree assault in connection with the case, according to court documents. Another accomplice, Brandon Honeycutt, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in return for his testimony against Razo.
McGee’s mother, Mary Livingston, said in a letter to the court that the attack left her daughter with no peripheral vision, a titanium plate in her skull, most of her teeth broken and difficulties walking, as well as PTSD, night terrors and a fear of any noises that sound like gunfire.
McGee, who is from Pasco, said she had prepared pages of information for her victim-impact statement but said the injuries from the shooting made it impossible for her to read them back. But she said she was determined to see that justice was done.
“I made Mr. Razo a promise that day that he would not get away with this, and I’m here to assure you he did not get away with it,” McGee said.
While Razo will be able to leave prison and be with his family and resume what is left of his life, McGee said she does not have that luxury.
“Mr. Razo did not succeed in taking my life, but he did succeed in forever changing my life,” McGee said.
Razo argued that he was losing his life, as he could not say a final goodbye to a son who died or attend his daughter’s graduation while he sat in jail awaiting trial. He insisted that there was no evidence that linked him to the killing.
“The only mistake I made was coming to this state to work, and they accuse me of this,” Razo said.
Bartheld said he unsuccessfully sought any mitigating factor in Razo’s favor, but found considerable aggravating factors that warranted a stiff sentence.
“This case is, for lack of a better word, heinous,” Bartheld said.