Man gets six years in drive-by shooting

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for his role in an August 2012 gang-related shooting in Vancouver that left another man with gunshot wounds to the leg and foot.

Stefan A. Duran, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to one count of drive-by shooting.

Duran and his girlfriend, Connie C. Gadberry, 21, were in a vehicle from which Gregorio Robert Chavez, 22, shot fellow gang member Jose Reyes in the right leg on Aug. 24, 2012. Court documents indicate the motive was revenge following a fight between two groups of gangsters.

A police investigation showed Chavez, Duran and Gadberry drove past Reyes in a vehicle on East 18th Street near Norris Road, and words were exchanged. Then, Chavez shot Reyes.

Gadberry, Duran and Chavez fled to California "until things settled down," according to court documents. They were apprehended while driving a stolen vehicle in Madera, Calif. Chavez fought extradition and was returned to Clark County in December 2012; Duran and Gadberry returned willingly.

Gadberry pleaded guilty April 1 to a charge of drive-by shooting. Chavez pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to first-degree assault. Both are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.