Santiago Mendez Flores, 30, of Corvallis was sentenced to 110 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in a plea and sentencing hearing on Friday.
Flores was transfered from the Benton County jail to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.
Flores was arrested in October 2011 for his connection to the murder of Giovanni Blancas-Frutero, 22, on Sept. 6, 2011. Flores and Douglas Hugh Hile of Corvallis, who pleaded guilty to murder and was given a life sentence in January 2012, were originally charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful use of a vehicle in Blancas-Frutero’s shooting death.
In a settlement conference that was scheduled to take place over two days, defense attorneys Michael Barker and Clark Willes, and deputy district attorneys Karen Stanley and Chris Stringer, met Thursday, Oct. 4, to negotiate Flores’ case. The defense and prosecution came to an early agreement, and the hearing was scheduled for Friday with Judge Charles Luukinen, a senior judge in Polk County.
According to Stringer, chief deputy at the Benton County District Attorney’s office, both parties agreed that Hile was the only shooter in the incident.
“The state argued that Mr. Flores was part of the plan to kill and rob the victim,” Stringer wrote in an email to the Gazette-Times.