VALE — A man who was slated to head to a jury trial in March for the shooting death of Raymond Kelly, 21, of Ontario, pleaded guilty today to two crimes.

According to Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe, Nicholas Tucker, formerly of Fruitland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and manslaughter in the first degree.

Tucker will serve 25 years in prison with 2.5 years of post-prison supervision, according to Goldthorpe.

Tucker had pleaded not guilty in September of 2019 to murder and conspiracy to commit a class A felony.

Tucker was one of two defendants in the case, with Starr Bales, formerly of Vale, being the other. She also pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

A 12-person jury trial is still scheduled for March 4 for Bales.

The murder charge is a Measure 11 crime, which means it carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, in this case, 25 years.

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 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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