Georgia man admits to killing 1, wounding 3 outside Sumner motel

Staff writerOctober 25, 2013 

A 30-year-old Georgia man pleaded guilty Friday to shooting four people, one of them fatally, after they allegedly insulted his girlfriend outside a Sumner motel last year.

Quentin Simmons faces 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree assault.

Judge Linda Lee ordered Simmons held without bail until his Dec. 6 sentencing.

The shooting occurred outside the Sumner Motor Inn about 12:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

Rigoberto D. Vargas and three friends were standing in the motel parking lot smoking cigarettes when a woman drove up in a car and asked the men where she could get some marijuana, court records show.

The men told her to move on. Simmons, who was in the passenger seat, took offense and got out of the car and opened fire, killing Vargas and wounding his three friends.

The car fled the scene.

Simmons and his girlfriend, Elyse Gladue, then returned to their native Georgia where they were arrested earlier this year.

Gladue, 29, has been charged with rendering criminal assistance and is set to go to trial next month.

Vargas was married and had a 1-year-old daughter. He and his companions had traveled to Pierce County from California to work on a construction project.


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