August trial date set for gang member in robbery

Corey J. Reece had initially been set to go to trial last week in connection with an armed robbery in February.


WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a local gang member accused of arming himself with a handgun and robbing the Zip Zone Conoco of beer in February.

Corey J. Reece, 25, of 9231/2 W. Chestnut St., initially had been scheduled for trial in Superior Court on May 17. But a new date of Aug. 23 has been set.

Reece has pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He is accused of robbing the Zip Zone, 110 N. Ninth Ave., about 1 a.m. Feb. 18.

Officials say he was armed with a gun as he took two 12-packs of beer from the store and threatened the clerk.

Reece is believed to have left in a gold-colored sedan heading west on Alder Street. The alleged driver, Carlos U. Ramirez, 16, of 368 Myrtle St., is scheduled for trial July 7 in juvenile court on a charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

A convicted felon, Reece has been arrested in the past for alleged drug offenses, weapons violations and assaults.

Terry McConn can be reached at or 526-8319.


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