Benton County jury finds convicted felon guilty of entering home, threatening victim with shotgun

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RICHLAND, Wash. — By testifying in front of a Benton County jury, the victim of a violent home invasion earned justice as the man who entered her home armed with a firearm was found guilty of several crimes earlier this week.

According to the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office, a local jury found Fernando Sifuentez guilty of two charges: Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree.

During a trial, which concluded with a guilty verdict on April 20, 2022, the victim gave testimony detailing how Sifuentez entered her residence armed with a shotgun. She told the jury that the male suspect pointed the gun in her direction while racking it in an attempt to intimidate her.

Already, Sifuentez was a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm.

Local law enforcement from Kennewick and Richland was crucial in bringing Sifuentez into custody and aiding the trial process.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office detailed how the Richland Street Crimes Division tracked the suspect down and brought him into custody following a lengthy search spanning the Tri-Cities region.

During a critical post-arrest interview with the suspect, Richland Police Officer John McCauley obtained crucial information that was a catalyst in deciding the guilty verdict that ultimately came to fruition in Benton County court.

Two more detectives from the Kennewick Police Department also conducted follow-up interviews to confirm further details about the crime.

Ultimately, the case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Brendan Siefken, who meticulously researched, prepared, and presented the case.

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