Shooter gets 15 years in drugrelated robbery

first_imgThe shooter involved in a robbery over drug money at a Vancouver apartment complex was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.Armando Castillo Munoz was the last of three defendants to resolve his case in connection to a shooting at the Red Haven Apartments, 1304 N.E. 88th St., on the night of Jan. 21. The confrontation started with Castillo Munoz and two other men confronting the 34-year-old victim about a drug debt. It escalated when Castillo Munoz pistol-whipped the man and then shot him in the hand, prosecutors said. After the assailants fled, the victim was rushed to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for treatment of lacerations to his head and a wounded finger.Castillo Munoz, 29, pleaded guilty June 17 to first-degree assault with a firearm and possession of heroin with intent to deliver.Even with time off for good behavior, Castillo Munoz will serve a 14-year sentence. The five-year sentencing enhancement for using a firearm doesn’t allow time off for good behavior and the assault charge allows only up to 10 percent off for good time, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey.Also, Castillo Munoz is an illegal alien who has already been deported to Mexico once, attorneys said. He’s expected to be deported again upon his release. “I think it is an appropriate resolution to the case,” defense attorney Tony Lowe told the judge.Still, prior to sentencing, Castillo Munoz appeared to have a change of heart.Through a Spanish interpreter, he said: “I want to apologize for what I said Friday” at the guilty plea hearing. “I want to go to trial.”last_img read more