Idaho Man pleads guilty in Walla Walla standoff

Christopher S. Robling faces upward of 71/2 years in prison when he's sentenced later.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who led police officers on a chase along city streets in August and then broke into an unoccupied house resulting in an hours-long standoff pleaded guilty this morning to four felony charges.

Christopher S. Robling, 30, of Nampa, Idaho, entered guilty pleas in Superior Court to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle while armed with a firearm, possessing a stolen motor vehicle while armed, residential burglary and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm because he has a felony record.

He initially was charged with eight crimes, but the case was reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Robling faces a standard-range prison term of about 71/2 to nine years when he's sentenced later.

Officials said the Aug. 25 chase began shortly after 12:30 p.m. following a report that Robling was changing license plates on a pickup in the 600 block of Newell Street.

He sped away from officers and traveled through intersections at a high rate of speed before stranding the vehicle in Garrison Creek at the end of Bryant Avenue, according to authorities.

Robling fled and ran to the backyard of 803 S. Second Ave., where he broke into the basement of the residence. He then held officers at bay for 31/2 hours until he was arrested about 4:20 p.m. after running from the rear of the residence.

Officials said the license plates Robling installed on the vehicle were stolen in La Grande, and the pickup and numerous items inside had been stolen from Caldwell, Idaho. The vehicle also contained stolen guns and ammunition, however Robling wasn't armed when he was arrested, according to police.

In addition to the charges to which Robling pleaded guilty today, he was accused of first-degree possessing stolen property, first-degree malicious mischief and two additional counts of unlawful firearm possession.

Robling's passenger -- his girlfriend, Stacy E. Barrett, 24, also of Nampa -- was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant. Police said she initially told them she had just met Robling earlier in the day.

But the charges against her will be dropped as part of the plea agreement with Robling.

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

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