Kennewick man jailed in faked robbery

Aaron R. Weissenberger was convicted of staging a crime at a store.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who helped stage a convenience store robbery last spring was sentenced to jail Monday.

Aaron R. Weissenberger was ordered to spend 16 days in Walla Walla County Jail. Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht imposed a 30-day sentence and gave Weissenberger credit for four days, leaving 12 days remaining to be served. The remainder of the sentence was converted to time on the Department of Corrections work crew.

Schacht also ordered Weissenberger to serve 24 months of community supervision, a form of probation, and pay $3,380.60 in fees, court costs and restitution.

Weissenberger, 36, was convicted by a jury Nov. 3 of second-degree theft. He had been charged with stealing money from the Burbank Sun Mart in April by helping stage a robbery there early on the morning of April 27 while working as a clerk in the store.

According to officials, he and a co-defendant, Joseph D. Shackett, 22, of 18 Piper Road, Burbank, agreed among themselves to steal the money from the store's safe and cash register by making it look like a robbery.

Shackett was arrested July 7 and initially charged with first-degree robbery after the Sheriff's Office received information from the state crime lab identifying fingerprints on the note as being his.

He then told officials Weissenberger helped stage the incident and the pair split the money, which was an estimated $1,071.

Weissenberger, 36, who now lives in Kennewick, was arrested Aug. 8, but released on conditions four days later.

Shackett pleaded guilty in late August to second-degree theft. He also received a 16-day sentence and later testified against Weissenberger at his trial.

U-B reporter Andy Porter contributed to this report. Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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