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18-year-old facing juvenile sentencing for rendering criminal assistance

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WALLA WALLA, WA - An 18-year-old will likely be sentenced as a juvenile after taking a plea deal in a shooting.               

A prosecutor stated that the 18-year-old was 17 when he drove people to and from the scene where 20-year-old Diego Bante-Rivera was shot in late July.      

Adult sentencing could have meant up to year in jail; however, officials intend to recommend a juvenile sentence of time served on a charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.               

Two other men have been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting.               

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reported Bante-Rivera was still hospitalized for treatment last week. Authorities have not released a possible motive for the shooting.              

Those involved are believed to be gang members or associates.

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