Walla Walla robbery suspect pleads guilty

Katie A. Waite pleaded guilty to robbing a man of his computer in June.

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WALLA WALLA -- One of two suspects charged with the robbery of a man in June has pleaded guilty to three charges.

Katie A. Waite, 20, of 511 Chase Ave., entered the pleas Monday before Superior Court Commissioner Scott Wolfram. Sentencing is set for Aug. 2.

Waite and John T. Owen, 18, were arrested June 5 by Walla Walla police and charged with taking a mini laptop computer from a man while visiting his home. During the incident, Owen allegedly brandished a knife and threatened the victim before he and Waite fled the residence and left in a vehicle.

A witness provided the vehicle's license number and a short time later police stopped it and arrested Owen and Waite. The computer was found in the vehicle. Police also found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a bag among Waite's possessions.

At her court appearance, Waite pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court documents, the standard sentencing range for the robbery charge is six to 12 months in jail and the standard sentence on the drug charge is up to six months in jail.

Owen has pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree robbery. His trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 3, according to court records.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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