VALE — The second of two area people who faced murder charges related to the shooting death of Raymond Kelly, 21, of Ontario, was sentenced to prison on Jan. 27 at the Malheur County Circuit Court following a plea change.

Starr Bales, born in 1997 and formerly of Vale, entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit murder in front of Malheur County Judge Erin Landis.

According to Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe, Bales was sentenced to 17 years in prison for her crime. She will also have three years of post prison supervision.

Originally, Bales pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and a jury trial was scheduled to begin on March 4.

Bales’ plea change follows that of Nicholas Tucker, the other defendant in the case. Tucker, born in 1998 and formerly of Fruitland, took a plea deal on Jan. 17. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and manslaughter in the first degree. He will be serving 25 years in prison with 2.5 years of post-prison supervision.

Tucker had originally pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit.

The shooting was reported on April 23 when a caller reported shots fired at 12:49 a.m. on Northwest Sixth Street in Ontario.

Within minutes, officers arrived and found Kelly, formerly of New Plymouth, inside the residence.

Initial observations at the scene showed evidence that the shot came from outside the bedroom window, and a homicide investigation proceeded from that point. Following interviews with witnesses and neighbors, Tucker and Bales were arrested later that morning.

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