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Hoopfest suspect pleads to riot, gun charges

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.

Past coverage:

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 27: Shooting hurts 3, leads to 5 arrests

Last Hoopfest suspect now in Spokane

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.

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Hoopfest shooting brings 50+ felony charges

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.

Past coverage:

June 30: High bonds set for Hoopfest suspects

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

2 more men charged in Hoopfest shooting

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.

Past coverage:

June 30: High bonds set for shooting suspects

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 28: Shooting suspect already charged in stabbing

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