Union-Bulletin Court Report

A College Place man pleaded guilty today to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in a 2016 homicide case.

In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Robert G. Sregzinski, 22, entered his pleas and Judge John Lohrmann dismissed the remaining seven counts against him, and scheduled his sentencing for June 17. A pre-sentencing investigation will take place.

Sregzinski was charged in 2017 with first-degree murder and unlawful firearm possession in connection with Gabriel L. Rodriguez’s death. In March, prosecutors amended the charges to first-degree attempted robbery while armed with a firearm, first-degree assault while armed with a firearm, reckless endangerment, two counts of intimidating a witness while armed with a firearm, second-degree murder while armed with a firearm, and unauthorized removal or concealment of a body. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on April 23, 2018, and in March, respectively.

Walla Walla police said he shot and killed Rodriguez, 34, in a Walla Walla apartment over a drug debt.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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