VALE — An Ontario woman facing charges related to a shooting in October will be avoiding trial following a plea hearing on Tuesday morning.
In front of Judge Erin Landis, Jasmine Ceballos pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. As part of a plea deal, the felony counts of second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, second degree assault and third degree assault, and two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person were all dismissed.
Ceballos will have a sentencing hearing on Jan. 14.
Ceballos’ charges stemmed from a shooting that took place on Oct. 22 in Nyssa. According to Nyssa Police Chief Raymond Rau, Ceballos shot at two witnesses before turning to shoot Gabriella Garcia, of Nyssa, in the leg and then fleeing in a vehicle. Nyssa Police believe the shooting occurred at about 11:17 p.m. off of Green Avenue.
Witnesses stated that Ceballos and Garcia were in an altercation when Ceballos “produced a 9 mm handgun to avoid getting beat up,” and the firearm subsequently was discharged.
The incident is believed to stem from “an emotional response to the loss of a boyfriend” by Ceballos, Rau said.
Garcia was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario, where she was treated and released.
Ceballos was apprehended later in the day following a traffic stop on Highway 201 as she was headed from Weiser to Ontario.
Rau said Ceballos was taken into custody without incident.
At the time of the Nyssa shooting, Ceballos was still on probation in relation to a shooting that took place in December 2018 on Malheur Drive in Ontario.
On that day, Ceballos, along with Xavier Machuca and Branden Learned, was part of a standoff with police that took place at Fairview Apartments on the night of Dec. 21, 2018. The trio eventually yielded to police officers without incident.
Ceballos eventually pleaded guilty to a felony charge of hindering prosecution, with a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm being dismissed.
For the charge, Ceballos served 10 days in jail and was scheduled to be on probation until Jan. 30, 2021. Her sentencing was on Jan. 30, 2019.
On Tuesday morning, Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe said it is the intention of the parties that Ceballos’ probation will be revoked and any sanction she receives from her current charges will be concurrent with her prison sentence.