Walla Walla teen pleads guilty in summer robbery

Coleman D. Cantrell faces 65 weeks in lockup when he's sentenced later.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty this morning to robbing a man in the city last summer.

Coleman D. Cantrell, of 317 Grape St., entered the guilty plea in the juvenile department of Superior Court to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery.

Cantrell initially was charged with first-degree robbery, but the charge was reduced in exchange for his guilty plea. The prosecution is recommending he be ordered to serve 65 weeks in a state juvenile institution when he's sentenced later. Had he been convicted as initially charged, he would have faced a standard-range term of 103-129 weeks.

Officials said Cantrell is one of two youths who robbed Jose R. Rojas at knifepoint on Aug. 15 near Fourth Avenue and Grape Street. Cantrell and the other youth had been walking through a field when they confronted Rojas about 2 a.m. that day, according to authorities.

Rojas told police the robbers took his wallet, cell phone and wedding ring. Cantrell was identified as a suspect through phone calls made on the stolen phone, officials said.

Cantrell was arrested Sept. 2. The other youth has not been taken into custody.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.


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