Man imprisoned for murder petitions to withdraw guilty plea

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man sentenced to more than 48 years in prison for killing a co-worker and attempting to kill another has petitioned to have his guilty pleas withdrawn.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports that Eduardo Ibarra Valencia, of Royal City, is petitioning the court to withdraw his second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder pleas in connection with the November 2015 killing of Joel Rodriguez. Each of the two counts carried firearm enhancements.

Ibarra Valencia says he entered his plea in November 2017 based on “representations” from the state that his offender score was a two, not a zero, and he would receive 120 months for the firearm enhancements instead of 240 months.

Judge John Knodell went above the joint recommended sentence of 20 years for Ibarra Valencia.