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27-year-old suspect in Pasco fatal shooting found guilty

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10-9-18 UPDATE:

PASCO, WA - 27-year-old Victor Alfonso Paniagua was found guilty in the murder of 47-year-old Abel Contreras.

On Tuesday, October 9, Paniagua (DOB: 3/17/91) was found guilty of Murder in the 2nd Degree (A lesser included count of Murder in the 1st Degree), Assault in the 2nd Degree, Tampering with a Witness, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd Degree, with firearm enhancements on the Murder 2nd Degree and Assault 2nd Degree charges, according to Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn P. Sant.

Contreras was found dead after dispatch got a 911 call on June 3, 2018 that somebody had been shot at a house on South 22nd Avenue in Pasco. Paniagua was found at the Tahitian Inn.

According to Sant, Paniagua is looking at between 29 to 37 years with the included firearm charges. A tentative sentencing date has been set for November 6.

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6-4-18 ORIGINAL STORY:

PASCO, WA - Pasco Police Department detectives worked late into the night on Sunday on a homicide investigation. They've now arrested 27-year-old Victor Paniagua on first degree murder charges in the death of 47-year-old Abel Contreras.

They found Paniagua at the Tahitian Inn. Officers say they got a call about a disturbance, just after 1 p.m. Sunday at a home on the corner of South 22nd Avenue.

Pasco Police teamed up with the Washington State Crime Lab to process the scene.

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