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The Hoopfest gunman who opened fire on rival gang members last year, injuring three bystanders in the downtown Spokane crowd, pleaded guilty today to assault charges.
Miguel C. Garcia, 19, was originally charged with 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder but instead pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He’s expected to serve nearly nine years in prison but sentencing was delayed until April 12.
Because he used a gun in the commission of the assaults, six years of the agreed upon 105-month sentence would be served as part of a weapon enhancement.
A teenager involved in a shooting at Hoopfest last summer was credited for time already served in jail after pleading guilty to two felony assault charges this week.
Adam Doe, 19, remains in jail pending the resolution of riot and assault charges related to an October 2009 stabbing outside Club Uno in downtown Spokane. Trial is set for March.
Doe pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree assault and third-degree assault related to the June 28 shooting at Hoopfest that hit three bystanders. Police say the shooting occured when the men approached rival gang members.
The accused gunman, Miguel C. Garcia, remains in jail on several assault charges. Spokane police say Garcia passed the gun to Doe after the shooting, and Doe fought with an officer trying to detain him. Doe was on house arrest at the time after his release from jail on the Club Uno stabbing charges.
Another accomplice in the Hoopest shooting, Marquis Johnson, was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months after pleading guilty to second-degree assault last October.
A third suspect, Rashjel “Reggie” Cage, is to receive a light sentence for gun and riot convictions once he testifies at Garcia's trial.
All four men had originally been charged with about a dozen counts of attempted murder.
One of four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months in jail this week.
Marquis D. Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a plea deal that came nearly a month after prosecutors decided to drop about a dozen attempted murder charges filed after gunshots injured three bystanders at Hoopfest in downtown Spokane June 26.
Johnson has been in jail since the day of the shooting. He’ll be credited for time served and will be on probation for a year.
He faced a standard sentencing range of 43 to 57 months because of his criminal history, which includes convictions for second-degree assault, third-degree assault, car theft and theft, but Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin agreed to recommend an exceptionally low sentence. Garvin declined to comment today. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced Johnson on Wednesday.
Johnson had been out of prison for an assault conviction just three weeks when police say he, Rashjel G. “Reggie” Cage, Adam Doe and Miguel C. Garcia approached rival gang members and Garcia fired several shots.
Cage pleaded guilty to felony riot and unlawful possession of a firearm on Sept. 13 and was released from jail. He faces 26 to 34 months in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14, but Garvin said he’ll ask for an exceptionally low sentence if Cage cooperates.
Doe and Garcia have trials scheduled. Both are in jail.
Past coverage: June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’
One of four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest is expected to leave jail this week.
Rashjel G. “Reggie” Cage, 24, pleaded guilty to felony riot and unlawful possession of a firearm today in a plea deal that dismissed about a dozen attempted murder charges.
Prosecutors have decided also to drop the attempted murder charges against the three remaining defendants and will instead seek five counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault along with riot and firearms charges.
Cage was accused of passing a gun to Miguel C. Garcia at Hoopfest on June 26.
Garcia, 19, fired several shots into the crowd after approaching rival gang members, police say. The bullets hit three bystanders.
Prosecutors say the men conspired to commit the assaults as part of long-standing rivalry between two gangs. Garcia remains in jail, along with Adam Doe, 19, and Marquis D. Johnson, 22, who prosecutors say were with the men at the time of the shooting.
Cage faces 26 to 34 months in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14, but Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin said he’ll ask for an exceptionally low sentence if Cage cooperates.
Garvin also recommended Cage be released from jail before his sentencing. Cage’s family said they expect him to be home within a couple of days.
Spokane County prosecutors will not pursue the dozens of attempted murder charges filed against four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest.
Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin said in court documents filed this week that he will instead seek assault charges against the men, whose lawyers had argued for the dismissal of the charges in court last week, citing lack of probable cause. Superior Court Judge Michael Price was to make a decision on Friday.
Garvin declined to say why prosecutors decided against attempted murder charges.
“I don’t think that that’s something useful to get out in the public domain,” Garvin said Wednesday. “Call me in a year when the case is done.”
Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson (right), 22; and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 24 (left); have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and single counts of riot and unlawful possession of a firearm for a June 26 shooting in which police say Garcia fired several shots into a crowd, targeting rival gang members but striking three bystanders. Two were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Under the prosecutor’s proposal, the men, who are in jail, will be charged with five counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault along with riot and firearms charges. Doe also is charged with third-degree assault after a Spokane police officer said the teen struggled violently when he was arrested with the gun used in the shooting.
Spokane County public defender Kari Reardon, who represents Cage, said in court last week that investigators are mistaken to believe the men were conspiring together simply because they were standing together when one allegedly fired the gun.
Prosecutors say Garcia said “we are going to do this” before he fired the gun, but Reardon said that isn’t evidence that the other men knew what he planned to do.
Prosecutors say the men conspired to commit the assaults as part of long-standing rivalry between two gangs.
Two of the alleged assault victims, Kalen J. Bedford and Andre Conway are members of the Blocc Hustlers gang, which is rival to Doe and Cage’s Murder One Crips gang, according to police.
Police say Cage is a gang leader and has been involved in past shootings targeting the Blocc Hustlers.
Bedford and 21-year-old Tyrone Carell, were cited for disorderly conduct after the Hoopfest shooting.
Cage’s brother, Rakee Cage (left, in 2007), told The Spokesman-Review that only Garcia is responsible for the shooting.
“They think we share the same brain,” Rakee Cage said of police and prosecutors. “They’ve got three innocent people in jail.”
He said the shooting was not planned.
“Who plans to do something in front of thousands of people? You might as well walk down to the county jail and knock on the door,” Rakee Cage said.
Rakee Cage, who has a conviction for a gang-related stabbing outside a Spokane nightclub last fall, said police were exaggerating the problem between the two gangs.
“I’ve talked to the Blocc Hustlers,” Cage said. “There might be feuding between two groups, but it’s not really a rivalry.”
The last of four men charged with attempted murder for a shooting at Hoopfest has been transported to the Spokane County Jail.
Marquis D. Johnson, 21, (right) appeared in Superior Court today on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of riot after arriving in Spokane from the Benton County Jail on Thursday.
Johnson was being held on a probation violation after he was arrested at Hoopfest on June 26. He’d only been out of prison since June 6 after serving about three years for a gun-related assault conviction.
Prosecutors allege Johnson was with Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, when Garcia fired a gun at least three times, injuring three bystanders.
Witnesses said Cage passed the gun to Garcia, who fired it and passed it to Doe, who was arrested at gunpoint after trying to flee the scene, police said.
Johnson was identified “as being present at the time of the shooting in close proximity to Cage and Garcia,” according to court documents. “They were both actively involved in the argument before and after the shooting.”
Kalen J. Bedford, who was arrested the day of the shooting on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, apparently was targeted by the gunfire - he is listed as the intended victim in a fist-degree attempted murder charge.
Five of the 10 alleged attempted-murder victims are identified only as Jane or John Doe. First-degree assault is included as a an alternative charge in each case.
Defense attorneys told a judge last week that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for the charges, but Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Garvin said the “theory” of his office is quite straightforward: “When you point a gun at someone … what other intent do you have but to cause their death?”
Defense attorney David Partovi, who is representing Garcia, said after last week’s hearing that under Garvin’s theory, prosecutors should have charged former Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen with attempted murder in connection with his shooting of Shonto Pete on Feb. 26, 2007.
Read more here.
Four men arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest each have been charged with 12 murder-related felonies.
Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, (left) all are in custody.
Garcia, Doe and Cage appeared in Superior Court Wednesday afternoon via video from Spokane County Jail; Johnson is in the Benton County Jail in Kennewick.
The men are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and single counts of riot and unlawful possession of a firearm.
First-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault are included as alternative charges.
Read the rest of my story here.
UPDATE: Marquis Johnson is in the Benton County Jail.
A $600,000 felony arrest warrant has been issued for a Spokane man in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest last month.
Spokane County prosecutors have filed assault charges against Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel G. Cage, 23, for the June 26 shooting that injured three bystanders. Police identified them from video and witness reports as being involved in the argument that led to gunfire.
Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for Johnson’s capture.
He and Cage (bottom left) are charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. District Court Judge Vance Peterson approved $600,000 bonds for both men.
The accused gunman, 19-year-old Miguel C. Garcia, remains in jail on assault charges.
A 19-year-old suspect also arrested the day of the shooting, Adam Doe, also is in jail on gun and assault on law enforcement for the Hoopfest shooting and assault and escape charges related to an October 2009 stabbing. Cage already pleaded guilty last month to second-degree attempted assault for that same stabbing.
Witnesses said Cage passed the gun to Garcia at Hoopfest in downtown Spokane, who fired several shots before passing the gun to Doe.
An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the shooting and followed the men as on-duty officers swarmed the area.
Johnson, who had been released from prison June 6 after serving nearly three years for assault, also was arrested June 26 for a probation violation. It’s unclear when he left jail; a warrant was issued on the new assault charges July 6.
Anyone with information on the men should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.
A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest last month was prohibited from leaving his home unless he was at school or with his parents.
That allegation from prosecutors gave Adam Doe, 19, his third felony charge related to the June 26 shooting - a second-degree escape charge that was filed this week.
Doe appeared on the charge in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he’s held on $200,000 bail for assault and gun charges, and $50,000 bail for riot and assault charges related to an October 2009 stabbing.
Judge Sam Cozza imposed an additional $7,500 bond today for the escape charge.
If Doe posts bond, he’ll be on home detention and will only be allowed to leave his home between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. if accompanied by his mother or father.
Doe is accused of assaulting a police officer who tried to detain him with a gun investigators believe Miguel C. Garcia, 19, fired at least three times during a gang fight at Hoopfest. The bullets struck three bystanders. Garcia remains in jail on $750,000 bond.
A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday will need to pay an additional $50,000 bond to get out of jail, and if he does get out, he’ll be on home detention.
Prosecutors requested the additional bond for Adam Doe for assault and riot charges related to an October 2009 stabbing after Doe was arrested at Hoopfest. Doe, 19, was released from jail on his own recognizance in December under the condition he not possess weapons and he not commit crimes.
The $50,000 bond, requested by Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin and approved by Judge Ellen Kalama Clark, is in addition to $200,000 bond imposed Tuesday in District Court, where Doe is charged with third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for the Hoopfest incident.
Under Garvin’s request, If Doe posts bond, he’ll be on home detention and will only be allowed to leave his home between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. if accompanied by his mother or father. Doe’s mother has told court officials he isn’t welcome at her home, a judge said Tuesday.
Doe’s public defender, Dennis Dressler, has said Doe was close to resolving the stabbing charges when he was arrested.
Dressler declined to comment today on the proposed plea deal, saying Doe’s new arrest “put a little bit of a wrinkle” in it.
Doe remains in Spokane County Jail, along with suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia.
Garcia faces three counts of first-degree assault after police said he fired a gun during a gang fight at Hoopfest. The bullets hit three bystanders.
When a judge ruled that a 19-year-old man arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest Saturday deserved a substantial bond, she noted that his mother has said he isn’t welcome at home.
“She stated she does not want the defendant to stay with her if he is released,” Judge Debra Hayes said Tuesday before approving a $200,000 bond for Adam Doe.
Hayes called Doe and alleged Hoopfest gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, a “tremendous risk to this community and many innocent and defenseless bystanders.”
Both men appeared in court Tuesday via video from the jail. Garcia was given a $750,000 bond for three counts of first-degree assault; Doe is charged with unlawful posession of a firearm and third-dgree assault.
The assault charge stems from Doe allegedly reaching for gun when approached by police, which led to an officer drawing his gun. But the officer didn’t fire because of the large crowd, leading to what he described in court documents as a violent struggle with the teenager.
Doe is due back in court today for violating his release conditions on assault and riot charges connected to a stabbing in October.
Read more in my story here.
He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of unlawfully possessing the gun used in the shooting.
Two suspects, Tyrone Carell, 21, (left) and Kalen Bedford, 19, are out of jail after being cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Carell was released from prison in February after serving about 15 months for four counts of second-degree assault.
A third man, Marquis Johnson, (right) remains in custody on a probation violation. Johnson was released from prison June 7; he’d been there since April 2007 for two second-degree assault convictions stemming from a shooting in 2006 that didn’t injure anyone.
The gang-related gunfire that left three bystanders wounded was disturbing but not unexpected, as I explain in a story you can read here.
UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court.
A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall.
Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault on law enforcement.
Also set to appear is Miguel C. Garcia, 19, on two counts of first-degree assault. Garcia is accused of firing a gun about 6 p.m. Saturday near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Howard Street as thousands gathered downtown for the annual three-on-three basketball tournament.
The bullets hit two women and grazed a third victim. Both women were treated and released from Sacred Heart Medical Center within three hours, according to hospital records.
Also arrested in connection with the shooting were Marquis D. Johnson, 21, on a probation violation and Tyrone Carell, 21, and Kalen Bedford, 19, on disorderly conduct charges. Neither Carell nor Bedford remains in jail.
Doe is scheduled for trial Sept. 20 on assault and riot charges related to an Oct. 28 stabbing near Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague.
Five other men were charged; Parrish J. Johnson pleaded guilty to riot; charges against William Alexander-Durr were dismissed. Rashjel G. Cage, 24, and Rakee D. Cage, 23, have pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault. John D. Proctor, 24, is set for trial in September.
The stabbing injured Kenneth R. Budick and Charles L. Lucious, according to documents. Witnesses said one of defendants said, “There’s Kenny! Murder One Crips!” before the attack, according to court documents. Budik was a victim in a shooting in 2007 that killed gang member Adama Walton.
Police said Saturday's shooting occurred when two rival gangs squared off, but details of the confrontation haven't been released.