BELLINGHAM - The second gunman in a gang-related shooting in Bellingham was sentenced to prison time Thursday, Jan. 10.
Steve "Silencer" Ibarra, 19, and Alfredo "Lil Shadow" Santos-Flores, 20, have now pleaded guilty to pointing long-barreled guns at the stepfather of a rival gang member. Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig handed Ibarra a sentence of three years and 10 months; Santos-Flores was sentenced in November to three years behind bars.
In the early morning hours of April 9, 2012, the pair went to an apartment in the 1900 block of Fraser Street and knocked on the front door of the victim's home. Ibarra pointed a shotgun at the man, demanding the whereabouts of two gang members, according to court records. Santos-Flores was aiming a rifle at the man from a distance.
The victim grabbed the barrel of the shotgun. Ibarra pulled the trigger but missed. The blast broke apart a rock behind them.
The victim wrestled away the shotgun. Ibarra and Santos-Flores fled to a car and screeched out of the parking lot with the headlights off. Officers spotted them ditching the car on Woburn Street - about a block from the gunfire - and running into the woods. They were arrested. Two guns were found in the abandoned car.
After pleading guilty in November, Santos-Flores backtracked moments later and said he was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time." He asked the judge to give him a sentence of a few months. His request was denied. He's a member of the Southside Kings gang.
Ibarra, a member of the Brown Pride Surenos, didn't address the court at his sentencing Thursday.
Both men had past convictions for felony assault.