December 1, 2010 in City

Man pleads guilty to shooting counts


A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting into a Spokane Valley apartment complex last February. One of the bullets hit a metal bedpost and landed near a sleeping toddler.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza sentenced Joseph L. Bledsaw to 6  1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon enhancement, two more counts of second-degree assault and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac in a fiery crash on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after Spokane Valley police officers tried to pull him over for speeding. Bledsaw, who was wanted at the time for the Feb. 27 shooting at 15917 E. Sprague Ave., was ejected from the car.

The crash also injured Tanya M. Roybal, who was 26 at the time. Cozza said Bledsaw has one more pending charge of attempting to elude arrest that has not been resolved.

Bledsaw admitted shooting inside an apartment after an argument with the occupants and his friend. He was inebriated at the time.

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