19-year sentence for wounding Yakima deputy

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- An 18-year-old Outlook man was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison for a gang-related shooting that wounded a Yakima County sheriff's deputy.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Jacob Almaguer entered a modified guilty plea in Yakima County Superior Court to charges of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. He had been charged initially with attempted murder, which could have resulted in a 60-year term.

Deputy Bobby Miranda was shot in the right leg while investigating reports of gunshots in Outlook in July 2009. Investigators said the shooting was an ambush staged as a gang initiation for Almaguer.

Defense lawyer Mickey Krom says Almaguer maintains his innocence, but entered the Alford plea in order to avoid the prospect of never leaving prison.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com