VALE — After a change of plea, one of the three people originally facing charges related to a shooting on Dec. 21 has been put on probation.

During a Jan. 29 meeting, Braden Learned, 31, of Ontario, changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation by Judge Lung Hung.

Learned had originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of hindering prosecution during his Jan. 14 plea hearing. According to Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe, Learned was facing the possibility of prison time if he went to a jury trial.

As part of his downward departure, Goldthorpe said Learned will have to undergo drug and alcohol treatment and also will be giving testimony at the trials for the other two facing charges related to the December standoff. Those individuals are Xavier Machuca, 27, of Ontario, and Jasmine Ceballos, 20, of Ontario.

The plea hearing for Machuca is currently set for March 21. He is facing charges of attempted murder, assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon, plus the added charge of unlawful possession of a weapon.

Ceballos has two separate trial dates, for the misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person and the felony charges of hindering prosecution and unlawful possession of a firearm. The trial for the misdemeanor is March 18, and the trial for the felonies is June 3-4.

Ceballos pleaded not guilty to all charges on Jan. 28.

The shooting is said to have occurred on Malheur Drive near Northwest 30th Street on the morning of Dec. 21, after which the victim was picked up by a passerby and taken to a local hospital to be treated for a head wound.

Later that afternoon, when police were attempting to arrest Machuca, a standoff ensued for several hours at Fairview Apartments in Ontario. He eventually yielded to police officers.

Agencies that helped during the standoff were Ontario Police Department, Oregon State Police and Malheur County Sheriff, as well as its emergency response team.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the motive for the shooting has not been determined.


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