WALLA WALLA -- A man who tried to rob a downtown tavern in December pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
Bernard D. Falconer, 56, entered the guilty plea to the amended charge of second-degree robbery, which with a deadly-weapon enhancement carries a total standard-range prison term of 15-21 months.
Falconer didn't get any money when he tried to hold up Fat Cat's Tavern & Grill, 430 W. Main St., but pretended to have a gun.
He could have faced about 2 to 2 1/2 years had he been convicted of first-degree attempted robbery, as initially charged. But the prosecution agreed to reduce the case in exchange for his guilty plea.
Sentencing will be held later. The prosecution is recommending a midrange, 18-month prison term.
Police said Falconer -- who reportedly was homeless -- entered Fat Cat's about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 2 and twice demanded $200 from the female bartender.
She was afraid he had a gun because the second time he told her to give him the money, he "motioned both hands from in his (coat) pockets upwards towards her," according to a police report filed in court.
He went around the bar and started to reach for the cash register, but left without any money after being confronted by the bartender and a witness, officials said.
Falconer was apprehended nearby. No gun was found.
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