Man gets jail time, probation for firing gun from car in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The man accused of shooting out of a car window while driving on Highway 99 pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering.

Eugene police said Jose Perfecto-Rocha, 22, will have four years of supervised probation with about 4 months in jail total and the felony conviction.

Perfecto-Rocha and Nhowahisaac McDonald, 22 of Elmira were taken into custody Sept. 18 after a video circulated online showing a man shooting out of a car window on the highway.

McDonald was arrested on a parole violation of cocaine possession, as well as three counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

A man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly firing a handgun from his vehicle as he drove along Highway 99 in Eugene will serve jail time and probation for the offense.

Jose Perfecto-Rocha was sentenced to 120 days in the Lane County Jail and four years probation Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of reckless endangering, a misdemeanor.

Police arrested Perfecto-Rocha, 22, and a second man in September after a cellphone video uploaded to Facebook showed him firing a gun multiple times while traveling along Highway 99.

On the video it appears that a car passed Perfecto-Rochas vehicle while heading the opposite direction, immediately after the shots were fired.


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