WALLA WALLA -- A suspect in the passing of counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
Justin C. Kirk, 31, of 1167 School Ave., is scheduled for trial April 23 on two counts of forgery, which are felonies, and one count of third-degree theft, a gross misdemeanor.
Officials said Kirk and a co-defendant, Skyler I. Glasby, 23, used two of the fake bills to buy automotive products and gas at Sun Mart, 315 N. Second Ave., on Nov. 12.
Later that day, they bought printer ink, paper and a few other items at Walmart in College Place using eight counterfeit 20s, according to law enforcement reports filed in court.
Each of the bills involved reportedly has one of two serial numbers.
Kirk remains free pending the outcome of his case.
Glasby, of 1116 S. Third St., Dayton, was apprehended Nov. 30 in Walla Walla after a 21-hour standoff with police at a mobile home in the 1800 block of Plaza Way.
He pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to three counts of forgery and one count of third-degree theft related to the counterfeit bills. Judge John Lohrmann sentenced him the following day to two months in the County Jail, with credit for 56 days served.
The third count of forgery against Glasby accused him of going back to Sun Mart on Nov. 14 with a different man and buying lottery tickets using a single counterfeit $20 bill.
In pleading guilty, Glasby didn't admit committing the crimes, but agreed the prosecution had evidence that could convict him.
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