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Man Pleads Guilty in Middle of Trial

KENNEWICK, Wash. - One of the men charged with assault for a drive-by shooting in Kennewick had a change of heart in the middle of his trial.

Terrence Berry was arrested and charged with several crimes stemming from the May 10, 2006 shooting.  According to court documents, Berry wanted to shoot Patrick Reed after a family argument.  Prosecutors said that argument led to gunfire with both men shooting at each other on the corner of Cleveland Street and Canal Drive.

Berry was also charged with witness tampering for trying to get his girlfriend's testimony during trial to match the story he told police.  He faced a total of eighteen years in prison until he plead guilty during a morning break in his trial last week, cutting his potential sentence in half.

Benton County Prosecutors said the plea deal shows the community violent crimes will not go unpunished.

"Mr. Berry just turned 20, he's going to face nine years in prison, he'll be 28 when he's released from prison.  If people don't get the message with that, I don't think they're going to get the message," said Chief Deputy Benton County Prosecutor Scott Johnson. 

Right now, Johnson is reviewing Patrick Reed's case and is deciding whether to charge him with assault as well.