Walla Walla teen sentenced in robbery

Coleman D. Cantrell will serve 65 weeks in custody in connection with a summer robbery.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 15-year-old boy was sentenced this morning to 65 weeks in a state juvenile facility for robbing a man in the city last summer.

Coleman D. Cantrell, of 317 Grape St., was also ordered to pay court costs.

In handing down the sentence in the juvenile division of Walla Walla County Superior Court, Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation to deviate from the standard sentencing range of 15-36 weeks.

Cantrell pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery.

Officials said he 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.

Cantrell initially was charged with first-degree robbery, but the charge was reduced in exchange for his guilty plea. Had he been convicted as initially charged, he would have faced 103-129 weeks in a state institution.

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