Plea Deal Reached in Evidence Tampering Case

Erik Valencia has pleaded guilty to an amended charge linked to the death of Joseph Merolla. Valencia pleaded to obstructing government operations and was fined $500.

Investigators say Merolla died playing Russian Roulette. The 19-year-old Merolla was with friends at an apartment complex near 120th and Pacific on July 27th when he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

There were two other people in the room at the time. Valencia was one of them. Prosecutors say he took the gun and left.

He was originally charged with Tampering with Evidence.

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