A suspect in the April 2018 shooting death of a man outside Valley Mall has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Initially charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of 21-year-old Efren Cervantes-Sanchez, Luis Camilo Coronado-Vazquez, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in Yakima County Superior Court.
Prosecutors are recommending he serve 8.5 years, the upper limit of the sentencing range based on his lack of prior convictions and the crime he committed, according to court documents.
Coronado-Vazquez went to the mall April 6, 2018, to purchase marijuana from Cervantes with counterfeit money, according to court documents. When Cervantes punched him for using fake money, Coronado-Vazquez shot him and was driven away in a van, according to a police affidavit.
The van’s driver, Alexander Pelcastre, 19, was charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance and is expected to enter a plea agreement Dec. 16.
Coronado-Vazquez’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9.