Walla Walla Gang Member Sentenced in Fatal Green Lantern Tavern Shooting

UPDATE: WALLA WALLA, WA - A man affiliated with a local Walla Walla gang has been sentenced to over 29 years in prison for killing one man and wounding another in a shooting outside a tavern last year.

Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann sentenced 26-year-old Roberto Arroyo on Monday.

Prosecutors say Arroyo fatally shot Juan Pedro Martinez and injured Andrew Solis, who had previous ties to a gang, on Oct. 24.

Arroyo pleaded guilty to murder and assault in March as part of a plea deal.

The sentence includes three years in prison for a firearm enhancement. In court, Arroyo shouted obscenities at the judge, police officers and others and was removed for a time before being brought back to finish sentencing.


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Four men have been charged with murder in a gang-related shooting that left one man dead and wounded another outside a tavern in Walla Walla. 

Emanuel A. Pantaleon, brothers Birzavit Carmona-Hernandez and Antonio Carmona-Hernandez and Roberto R. Arroyo were charged Monday in Superior Court with murder, assault and intimidating a witness.

The men are local gang members with bail set at $500,000 apiece. 

Officials haven't said who fired the shots that killed Juan Pedro Martinez and wounded Andrew Solis Saturday night.

Police say Solis had cut ties with the gang after testifying at a murder trial of a fellow member and could have been seen by them as betraying its code of silence.

Martinez reportedly had no gang affiliation.



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The Walla Walla County Coroner's Office says an autopsy has been completed on Juan Pedro-Martinez. It revealed the cause of death was a single gunshot wound. The manner of death is homicide.


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One person is dead and another in stable condition after a shooting in the back parking lot of the Green Lantern Tavern in Walla Walla Saturday night.

Police tell NBC Right Now they received a report of gunshots in the area of the 1600 Block of East Isaacs Avenue around 11:26 p.m. Responding officers arrived to find 23-year-old Juan Martinez dead. He had no known gang affiliation and was a seasonal worker for the City of Walla Walla. He died while being treated at a local hospital. 

The 2nd victim is Andres Solis, 23, Walla Walla. He is currently being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. Solis had severed ties with a local gang following a homicide investigation in 2011.

Throughout the night detectives working the case lead officers to four arrests. 23-year-old Emmanuel Panteleon, 23-year-old Birzavit Carmona, 21-year-old Antonio Carmona and 25-year-old Roberto Aroyo were all taken into custody at different locations throughout the night. They are facing charges ranging from first degree murder, first degree assault to first degree intimidation. 

All four men arrested are gang affiliated. No other additional information is publicly available because this is still an active investigation.

Detectives are requesting anyone with additional information on this homicide to contact them at (509) 527-1960.

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