Romero expected to receive 10-year sentence
by: Contributed photo Miguel Ibarra Romero

A 19-year-old man who shot and killed another man more than a year ago in Gresham has pleaded no-contest to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm.

Miguel Ibarra Romero of Portland entered his plea Dec. 30 before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bergstrom. Romero is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 11, mostly likely to 10 years in prison, which is the minimum sentence for the Measure 11 offense he pleaded no contest to.

On Dec. 4, 2010, Romero shot and killed Jose Roberto Pool-Puc, 24, of Gresham near Northeast 172nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.

According to testimony at a bail hearing, the victim had just left a nearby birthday party to go to a friend's apartment when his group of friends ran into another group of young men who were hanging out at a house. A fight ensued and Romero fired hollow-point rounds into the air intending the warning shots to scare the other guys off.

When that failed, he lowered the gun and fired, hitting the victim twice - once in the chest and once in the abdomen. Two of the victim's friends tried to get Pool-Puc away from the scene, but fled when the other group of men kept attacking them.

As the victim lay bleeding on the sidewalk, Romero and his buddies fled the scene. A Gresham police officer who heard the gunshots rushed to the area, found the victim and with the help of another officer tried to save him, but Pool-Puc died at the scene.

Police stopped a car that Romero was in shortly after the midnight shooting at Northeast 181st Avenue and San Rafael Street. Detectives also recovered six casings from the scene of the shooting.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees said there's no indication the shooting was gang related. Romero, who'd just turned 18 and graduated from Reynolds High School the summer before the shooting, insisted that he didn't aim at any one person when he lowered the gun and fired.

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