Second person sentenced in Eastgate robbery


WALLA WALLA — A second defendant who had pleaded guilty in connection with the robbery of a man who was walking in the Eastgate area in October was sentenced Tuesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Derek D. Schultz, 23, of 360 S. Fourth Ave., was ordered to serve a year-and-a-day in prison for second-degree assault. The sentence handed down by Judge Donald W. Schacht and recommended by the prosecution is the low end of the standard range of up to 14 months that Schultz faced because of his criminal history.

Schultz was given credit for the 97 days he’d already served in the County Jail, and was placed on 18 months of community custody, a form of probation, when he’s released.

Before the sentence was imposed, Schultz told Schacht, "I would just like to apologize for my actions. I take full responsibility for what I’ve done."

Co-defendant Emmanuel Serrano, 23, of 150 S. Wilbur Ave., No. 61, was sentenced earlier this month to 90 days in jail, which is the low end of the three- to nine-month standard range he faced for second-degree robbery. Serrano, who has no criminal history, already had served most of the time.

Schultz and 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.

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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