Gang member Eddie Hernandez sentenced to 23 years | Crime
A 22-year-old gang member in Grant County has been sentenced to 23 consecutive years in prison.
Superior Court Judge John Antosz followed the prosecutor's recommendation and sentenced Eddie Hernandez for the crimes of Residential Burglary, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
Hernandez plead guilty to two of the charges in connection to an incident on June 17, 2013, when police stopped a vehicle he was a passenger in.
“Mr. Hernandez fled the scene, discarding numerous shotgun shells as he ran. Officers later found a sawed-off shotgun on the floorboard of the seat that Mr. Hernandez was seated in. Based on this evidence, Mr. Hernandez plead guilty to Unlawful Posession of a Firearm in the First Degree,” said Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee.
Shortly after fleeing the scene, police began receiving reports of an unknown male running through people's backyards. Officers eventually tracked Hernandez to a home where he had forced his way inside and set up booby traps for responding officers. The Moses Lake Tactical Response Team arrived and was able to negotiate with Hernandez to surrender after several hours. Based on the incident, Hernandez plead guilty to Residential Burglary.
While Hernandez was being held in the Grant County jail on the burglary and firearm charges, he assaulted another inmate, breaking his nose and resulting in a conviction for Assault in the Third Degree.
Before these incidents, Hernandez was already known by police with a criminal history including convictions for Rape of a Child, Assault and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.