Man sentenced in Eastgate robbery

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WALLA WALLA -- A suspect who pleaded guilty in connection with the robbery of a man who was walking in the Eastgate area in October was sentenced Monday afternoon to a County Jail term of 90 days, most of which already has been served.

Emmanuel Serrano, 23, of 150 S. Wilbur Ave., No. 61, was ordered to serve the low end of the three- to nine-month standard range he faced for second-degree robbery.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a prosecution recommendation. Serrano has no criminal history and reportedly was less involved in committing the crime than a co-defendant.

Serrano was given credit for 82 days served and placed on a year of community custody, a form of probation.

Serrano pleaded guilty Dec. 3 in connection with the attack on Kevin Bidwell near White Street and Defense Avenue about 7 a.m. Oct. 14. Co-defendant Derek D. Schultz, 23, of 360 S. Fourth Ave., entered a guilty plea Dec. 3 to second-degree assault. He will be sentenced later.

Police said Serrano was driving his white Chevrolet Camaro with Schultz in the passenger seat when they came upon Bidwell.

Schultz reportedly got out of the car, approached Bidwell and asked for a cigarette. When Bidwell said he didn't have one, Schultz attacked him and Serrano participated, according to officials.

Bidwell resisted, but he reported his wallet was stolen. He later was treated for facial injuries at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

During the investigation, police found the Camaro outside Serrano's residence, gathered additional evidence and arrested the men the afternoon of the robbery.

Schultz and Serrano initially were charged with first-degree robbery, but their cases were reduced in exchange for their guilty pleas.

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