Union-Bulletin Court Report

A Walla Walla man pleaded guilty Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to amended charges stemming from a standoff with police last year.

Luciano Castorena Sr., 56, was charged with possession of both a stolen firearm and controlled substance, while his son, Luciano Castorena Jr., 30, originally was charged with two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful carrying or handling a weapon. The older man’s charges were reduced to using drug paraphernalia, to which he pleaded guilty.

Both were arrested the evening of Aug. 26, 2018, at their Walla Walla home after a police officer responding to a malicious mischief complaint spotted what appeared to be a gun barrel sticking out of the window.

After additional officers and a SWAT unit arrived at the home in the 800 block of Ninth Avenue, both men exited the house and were detained. After obtaining a search warrant, police found a rifle, two sawed-off shotguns and a quantity of a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Castorena, Sr.’s sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 9.

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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