Woman accused in robbery pleads guilty to theft, assault

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WALLA WALLA — A woman pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to assaulting an acquaintance and stealing her cellphone in April near Lyons Park in College Place.

Breanne N. Rutherford, 20, entered the guilty pleas to third-degree assault and third-degree theft.

She faces a jail term of up to three months for the assault and up to a year for the theft when she’s sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending 30 days, which the defense can ask be converted to community service.

Rutherford had been charged with second-degree robbery, but she has no criminal history. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King agreed to reduce the case against her in exchange for her guilty pleas.

According to a College Place police report filed in court, Rutherford got into the car of Tasha M. Knopf before 11 p.m. April 16, started hitting her, then took Knopf’s cellphone from the center console and said, “This is mine now.”

Knopf had gone to the location to pick up a female who had called her saying she needed help because Rutherford had pulled a gun on her, the police report says.

It adds that Knopf and Rutherford have had “previous incidents.”

Rutherford, of Pasco, was arrested and booked into the Walla Walla County Jail. She was ordered released April 19 pending further court proceedings.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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