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Texas man gets stayed prison sentence, probation for Renville drive-by shooting

OLIVIA — Javier Eliserio Barajas Jr., 36, of Mission, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 120 days in jail and a $700 fine on a felony charge of drive-by shooting for a May 2012 incident in Renville.

Barajas had previously entered a guilty plea to the charge in Renville County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, 10 additional felony charges of second-degree assault and weapons possession by a person convicted of a violent crime were dismissed.

As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Randall Slieter, Barajas was also ordered to submit to a chemical use assessment and follow the recommendations.

The charges were filed after May 27, 2012, when law enforcement officers were called around 3 a.m. to the 400 block of Fourth Street Southeast in Renville.

Three people, those who were shot at, identified Barajas as the man who got out of a vehicle, shot a .40-caliber handgun at them and then got back into the vehicle, which sped away.

Five spent shell casings were gathered by officers.

Along with giving statements to investigators, the witnesses directed officers to a home where Barajas was staying and he was arrested.

A search warrant was later executed on the residence and 89 additional rounds of .40-caliber ammunition, the same Winchester brand as found at the scene, were located.

Barajas had a federal conviction in 2000 in Texas for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, which is considered a crime of violence.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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