Man Accused of Shooting Centralia Motel 6 Door Sentenced

From The Chronicle staff

The Lakewood man arrested for allegedly shooting the door of his Motel 6 room in Centralia with a stolen firearm in February has pleaded guilty to two cases of unlawful possession of a second-degree firearm and has been given credit sentenced to three months in prison for 50 days already served.

Two possession counts of a stolen firearm and one possession count of a controlled substance were officially dismissed.

Cesar Emiliano Soria has tabled an Alford plea – a plea in which the defendant maintains his innocence but admits that prosecutor’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if brought to justice – for the two possession cases a firearm in Lewis County Superior Court on March 24th.

Judge J. Andrew Toynbee imposed additional fines and fees in convicting Soria. Payment should begin 60 days after his release from custody.

Soria was arrested after police answered a phone call from Soria at 10pm on Feb.2, alleging “someone at the motel tried to kill him,” according to the probable cause under oath. Officers noticed bullet holes in the motel room door, and when he contacted Soria, he allegedly admitted that “he shot the door because he was afraid of people he believed were outside the door,” and revealed that he was in possession of two firearms – a 9mm pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun – which were prohibited by law due to previous criminal convictions.

Soria is currently serving the remainder of his sentence in Lewis County Jail.

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