Hermiston man sentenced in Mother’s Day shooting

Alexis Manuel Paredes Bedolla

Alexis Manuel Paredes Bedolla, 18, of Hermiston, is heading to state prison for shooting another man last Mother’s Day in a gunfight.

Bedolla last week took a deal from the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, according to circuit court records. Judge Eva Temple sentenced Bedolla to six years, eight months in the Oregon Department of Corrections, minus the time he served in local jail.

Bedolla’s victim was Adalberto Flores, who was 20 at the time and in his apartment at 645 S.E. Fourth St., Hermiston. He took two rounds in his buttocks but also fired back with a rifle and struck Bedolla in the arm, severely injuring him.

District Attorney Dan Primus did not immediately return a call seeking comment, but he made public statements that revealed Flores was the shooter who killed 22-year-old Salvador Valencia in 2012 in a fight at Gotta Stop convenience store, Hermiston. Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston also confirmed Flores shot Valencia.

The investigation into the deadly shooting, Edmiston said, showed Valencia was the aggressor.

While Flores was involved in both gunfights, Edmiston said, linking the two to anything like gang retaliation would be a stretch. The Mother’s Day shooting had its origins in a bar room fight that took place a few hours before and involved one of Flores’ relatives.

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