Soap Lake standoff

SOAP LAKE – A man was sentenced to more than a year in prison in connection to a drive-by shooting near Soap Lake in January.

Cristian Bustos, a 21-year-old Soap Lake man, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. Bustos was initially charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and drive-by shooting but the charges were lessened as part of a plea agreement.

Grant County Superior Court Judge John Antosz sentenced Bustos to 12 months and one day in prison.

A second defendant, Julian A. Latimer, a 27-year-old Seattle man, was previously sentenced to 72 days in jail with credit for time served after entering an In Re: Barr plea to collection of an unlawful debt. The plea means Latimer doesn’t admit to committing the crime but felt he could be convicted of worse crimes if the case continued. Latimer was also initially charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and drive-by shooting, according to court records.

The two men were in Latimer’s vehicle and began chasing the victim’s SUV on Road 19 Northwest on Jan. 12. Shots were fired on Road 19 and again near Adrian Avenue Northwest before Bustos and Latimer fled, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.

Surveillance video shows Bustos put his hands out the window of the vehicle, holding a black object in his hand.

Latimer’s vehicle was later located at a home on Linden Avenue Northwest where Latimer was taken into custody. The Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team was called in to attempt to locate Bustos at the home before deputies learned he had left and been taken to Ephrata before police arrived.

Bustos was arrested Feb. 3 at a home in Lakeview.

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