Major Crimes Makes an Arrest in the Fatal Shooting from Last Week

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 8:12 a.m.

Update 9/8/23:

A man who shot and killed another man three years ago was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday, 9/07/23,  in Spokane Superior Court.   

Bradley S. Willy shot Lonnie Montoya on July 24, 2020 during an argument in North Spokane. He was arrested a week later and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

With input from Montoya’s mother and SPD Major Crimes investigators, a plea agreement was reached leading to the sentencing. As part of the plea agreement, Willy pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Manslaughter.

Willy has spent more than three years in jail and will be given credit for time served. Willy acknowledged the shooting of Montoya and apologized to his family in the court room.

Original Release 8/4/23:

Major Crimes Detectives make an arrest in the fatal shooting from last week on east Nebraska.

Yesterday, August 3, 2020, Spokane Police Department (SPD) Major Crimes Detectives arrested 22-year-old Bradley S. Willy for 1st degree Murder. The arrest was the result of an investigation from the shooting on July 24, 2020 in the area of 1200 E. Nebraska.

On the day of the shooting, SPD Officers responded to the scene and located the victim in the alley behind the location. Unfortunately the male was pronounced deceased at the scene. Major Crimes Detectives responded and took over the investigation.

Witness statements were taken and evidence was located, processed and collected. No suspects were arrested on the day of the shooting. The detectives processed the vast amount of information and developed probable cause to arrest Willy for murder.

Willy was booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Willy had a very limited criminal history in Washington State prior to this tragic incident.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the name of the deceased.


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