A man who went to a Lynden home for a drug deal that led to a fatal shooting in November 2011 was convicted on drug charges Thursday, March 28.
Andrew Medina pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver in connection to the incident, which led to the shooting death of Jesse Winchester, 22, on Nov. 11, 2011.
Winchester's father, Jeremiah Winchester, had set up a drug deal with brothers Salvador and Oscar Rodriguez, with the intention of robbing them. Medina showed up at the house with the Rodriguez brothers for the deal, but he became suspicious and left the room where the deal was going to occur, according to court documents.
He told the brothers to leave as well. Jeremiah Winchester confronted Oscar Rodriguez in the hallway and pulled his gun after hearing Oscar pull the slide on a gun. Oscar allegedly shot Jeremiah in the face, and Jesse Winchester followed Medina and the Rodriguez brothers as they ran.
Medina was at the car before the Rodriguez brothers and told driver Ashley Fischer to leave before hearing more shots from the house. One of the brothers shot Jesse Winchester, who died from the wound. Medina didn't have a gun, Prosecutor Dave McEachran said.
Medina is scheduled to be sentenced next week in Whatcom County Superior Court, and prosecutors are recommending he get 10 years in prison, the maximum for the charges, McEachran said.
Medina will serve his sentence concurrently with another sentence for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin for his involvement with a Whatcom County drug trafficking ring. He pleaded guilty to that charge in February and was sentenced to six years and two months.