Woman pleads guilty in drive-by attack

She was in vehicle with gang member accused in shooting




Connie C. Gadberry, 20, has admitted participating in an August gang-related shooting in Vancouver.

Gadberry pleaded guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to a charge of drive-by shooting. She had been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, but her attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors to allow her to plead guilty to reduced charges.

The Vancouver woman is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.

Her boyfriend, Stefan A. Duran, and Gregorio Robert Chavez, both 21, are accused of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Duran and Chavez are scheduled for trial April 8 and May 20, respectively.

Chavez, a Sureno street gang member who goes by the name “Frost,” is accused of shooting fellow gang member Jose Reyes in the right leg and foot either late Aug. 24 or early Aug. 25. The motive was revenge for a fight between two groups of gangsters, according to a probable cause affidavit. Court documents indicate that one of the gang members attempted to stab Duran during the fight, and he had to jump a fence to escape.

Chavez, Duran and Gadberry allegedly drove past Reyes in a vehicle on East 18th Street near Norris Road, and words were exchanged, according to court records. Then Chavez allegedly shot Reyes.

Duran said he was scared when Chavez shot Reyes because he thought Chavez only intended to fight with the victim, a probable cause affidavit states.

Gadberry, Duran and Chavez fled to California “until things settled down,” according to the affidavit.

They were apprehended while driving a stolen vehicle in Madera, Calif. Chavez fought extradition and was returned to Clark County in December; Duran and Gadberry returned willingly.

Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; paris.achen@columbian.com.