Crime Watch

Man sentenced for toting shotgun in Coupeville

By Jessie Stensland

Staff Reporter

A 19-year-old man who walked around Coupeville with a sawed-off shotgun in his backpack, looking for his mother’s boyfriend, was sentenced to jail this week.

Esteban Guerro pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court last week to burglary in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

Judge Vickie Churchill agreed with a sentencing recommendation and sent him to jail for six months.

Guerro’s mother spoke in his defense. She said she had been a victim of serious domestic violence and her son is very protective.

She said her boyfriend stole her car and money while she was in the hospital. Guerro was upset that the the man had abandoned his mother, she said.

Guerro’s attorney, Peter Simpson of Coupeville, pointed out that the man was cooperative.

On Aug. 6, Guerro’s mother reported to a deputy  that he was very upset with her boyfriend and planned on killing him. The woman said Guerro and his friend left the home on foot to look for him.

He was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, which he was carrying in a backpack. Before leaving, Guerro allegedly threatened to shoot a random person if he couldn’t find his mother’s boyfriend, according to a police report.

About an hour and a half later, a deputy found Guerro and his friend walking on Main Street.

Guerro didn’t have the weapon, but led deputies to where he had hidden it in bushes near the library.

The deputies found a sawed-off .410 shotgun with the stock removed.



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