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Gang member from Auburn convicted of burglary

By Steve Hunter
shunter@kentreporter.com

A King County Superior Court jury convicted a 20-year-old Auburn man and his sister Tuesday for first-degree burglary in connection with an Auburn case.

Anthony and Velia Archuleta are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 24, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Anthony Archuleta faces a sentencing range of 36 to 48 months. Velia Archuleta faces a sentencing range of 15 to 20 months.

Anthony Archuleta also faces a Feb. 22 trial for first-degree assault in connection with an attack Aug. 31 against a rival gang member at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center jail in Kent.

Anthony Archuleta remains in custody at the county jail at the Regional Justice Center. Velia Archuleta remains in custody at the county jail in Seattle.

Auburn Police arrested Archuleta Aug. 27 for investigation of burglary. He was booked into the county jail in Seattle and transferred Aug. 28 to Kent. He was charged with first-degree burglary Aug. 31.

King County prosecutors charged Anthony Archuleta Sept. 8 with first-degree assault in connection with an Aug. 31 fist attack against another inmate, according to charging papers. Archuleta pleaded not guilty Sept. 22 to the charge.

Prosecutors describe Archuleta as a well-documented member of the Rancho San Pedro Pee Wee Sureno criminal street gang. They also identified Shea C. Auble, 21, of Auburn, the victim of the attack, as a Playboy Surenos associate, a rival South King County Latino gang.

Archuleta allegedly attacked Auble as he was being processed in a jail unit that included Archuleta and other inmates in the day room area for a morning break. Without warning or provocation, Archuleta punched Auble repeatedly in the face with closed fists.

Meanwhile, Auble has been charged with rendering criminal assistance for helping to hide a vehicle or gun connected with the July 23 gang shooting at a Kent car show.

Archuleta reportedly told jail staff after the attack that it was "something he had to do" and that he had problems on the street with Auble.

Archuleta said at a disciplinary hearing that Auble had accused him in July of keying his car and that he has charges out of Auburn for malicious mischief because of the incident.

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