Mark Camarena, 23, was sentenced after entering a guilty plea in October

The driver from the shooting death of Michael McGovern, which occurred Sept. 18, 2012 in Woodburn, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Jan. 31 by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Tracy by: SUBMITTED - Mark CamarenaPrall.

Mark Antonio Camarena, 23, pleaded guilty for driving a vehicle carrying Daniel Nepomuceno, who then pulled the trigger that killed McGovern near the intersection of Hardcastle Avenue and Gatch Street.

“He is remorseful for his role and hopes to use this time to better himself,” said Scott Howell, Camarena’s attorney who worked with him since March of last year.

Camarena was transferred to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Feb. 4, according to Marion County Circuit Court. He received more than $13,400 in fines including restitution to the victim, attorney assessments, attorney fees and a DNA blood draw requirement.

“I think it was a good resolution where the defendant took responsibility for the senseless crime and spared Mr. McGovern’s family a trial,” said Nicole Theobald, Marion County deputy district attorney.

Nepomuceno, 22, pleaded guilty to murder on Oct. 4, 2013. He received charges for murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon, which resulted in a sentence of life in prison with a minimum of 25 years.

Once the shooter pleaded guilty, it became more difficult for the driver to say he didn’t know what happened, Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell told the Independent in October, after Camarena pleaded guilty.

“We’re always pleased when there is a plea,” said Russell. “We’re thankful for the work of the DA’s office and our investigators for saving the family and all citizen witnesses a trial.”

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