A young man who joined a 14-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting in Thermal pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to probation in lieu of jail time.

Jorge Dominguez of Indio, 21, was arrested on May 11, following the non-injury shooting reported earlier that day in the 83-100 block of Alvarado Avenue.

Dominguez was scheduled to appear for arraignment at the Larson Justice Center in Indio when prosecutors announced a plea deal had been struck.

Dominguez pleaded guilty to a felony count of shooting from a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor hit-and-run count, and a felony count of shooting at a dwelling was dismissed.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky immediately handed down a two-year probation term and warned the defendant that if he failed to adhere to the terms, he could face a maximum of 3 1/2 years in state prison.

The defendant was also ordered to complete 180 days on work release following his forthcoming release from county jail.

Deputies were sent to the Alvarado Avenue address at about 7:50 p.m. on May 11. Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Mariano Matos III said people inside the home reported the residence was fired upon and that they saw a black Chevrolet Silverado speed away from the scene.

They said a passenger fired the shots, Matos said.

Deputies located a pickup truck in Coachella that matched the description given by witnesses.

Sheriff’s officials initially indicated Dominguez was thought to have been the shooter, and a 14-year-old boy found behind the wheel, the driver at the time of the shooting.

The criminal complaint by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, however, identified Dominguez as the driver, and the 14-year-old boy as the alleged shooter.

A loaded 9mm handgun, along with spent shell casings, were found in the truck, according to the sheriff’s department, which did not specify why the Alvarado Avenue residence was targeted.

Both suspects were detained while deputies served a search warrant in the 44-700 block of Palm Street in Indio. Inside the residence, deputies collected unspecified evidence, and later arrested both suspects.

The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, was transported to Juvenile Hall, but his status was unclear.

Dominguez has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County, court records show.

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