Gang member sentenced for 2012 shooting

9-year sentence ordered after plea agreement

By Erik Hidle, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: August 9, 2013, 5:24 PM

 

A Vancouver man who has claimed affiliation with the Norteños gang was sentenced to 108 months in prison Friday for a 2012 shooting.

Jeremy S. Piña, 22, pleaded guilty to a first-degree assault charge in July as part of an agreement where prosecutors dropped first-degree attempted murder charges.

The nine-year sentence was jointly recommended by Jeff Barrar, Piña’s defense attorney, and the prosecution.

Barrar said the reduction was the result of his belief that Piña has a “potential self-defense claim,” but there was no interest in heading to trial.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein said the reduction was agreed upon after considering that self-defense claim and “considering the credibility of the witnesses.”

Piña’s guilty plea stems from an Aug. 13, 2012, shooting in the Hough neighborhood. Piña shot 18-year-old Nicholas Moline at least six times. Moline survived his injuries.

According to court documents, the shooting followed an ongoing dispute between Piña and Moline, which involved Piña making a threat. Court documents do not reveal the nature of the dispute.

The shooting occurred just after midnight in the roadway in the 2200 block of Lincoln Avenue. After paramedics responded, Moline told them that Piña — who had allegedly fled on a bicycle — was the shooter.

Piña was apprehended later that morning at his home at 2008 Markle Ave., just down the street from the shooting scene.

Piña will receive credit for the 246 days he has already served in jail. Upon his release from prison, he will be under community supervision for 36 months.

A restitution hearing is set for Aug. 30. The prosecution intends to ask for $81,000 for the victim.

Paris Achen of The Columbian contributed to this report.