Walla Walla pizzeria robber admits guilt

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WALLA WALLA — The man who robbed a pizzeria in October faces up to a year and two months in prison after entering guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

In pleading guilty to second-degree robbery, Timothy A. Beasley, 54, admitted committing the heist at the Domino’s pizza store.

He also pleaded guilty to felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of first-degree negligent driving.

His standard-range prison term for the crimes is a year to 14 months. The prosecution is recommending he be handed a 13-month term when he’s sentenced later.

Beasley initially faced charges of first-degree robbery, felony eluding and driving under the influence.

Police said he entered the pizza store at 517 S. Ninth Ave. about 6:15 p.m. Oct. 15, displayed a pistol in his waistband and demanded all the cash from the drawer.

After receiving $65, he ran outside to his white Toyota pickup and took off, according to a police report filed in court.

An officer in the area saw Beasley leave and followed him.

After a short pursuit, Beasley was pulled over near Fourth Avenue and West Chestnut Street and arrested.

The money believed to belong to Domino’s was recovered, in addition to an air-powered replica of a 9 mm Beretta pistol.

He also reportedly smelled of alcohol.

Beasley had been released from the County Jail earlier last month after serving a 30-day sentence for burglarizing and vandalizing the former Gilbert Honda building in College Place in September.

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

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