Pizzeria robber gets 13 months in prison

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WALLA WALLA — A man has been ordered to serve a year and one month in prison for robbing Domino’s pizza shop in October.

Timothy A. Beasley was sentenced Monday afternoon in Superior Court to the midpoint of the standard range of 12 to 14 months he faced after pleading guilty earlier this month.

In imposing the prison term, Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation reached in a plea agreement.

Lohrmann gave Beasley credit for the 41 days he’d spent in the County Jail since his arrest, placed him on 18 months of community custody following his release from prison, and assessed him a total of about $1,750 in costs and fees.

Beasley apologized before Lohrmann imposed the sentence. He told the judge he doesn’t believe he threatened anybody, but said he was under mental stress and acknowledged, “I don’t really remember a whole lot of what I did that day.”

His attorney, Andrea Burkhart, said Beasley took responsibility after he “woke up” and understands there is no excuse for his conduct.

Lohrmann later told Beasley, “It’s a sad situation when you wake up and find out what happened, isn’t it?”

“(The prison term will) just give you some time to reflect on it.”

Beasley, 54, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to second-degree robbery, in addition to felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of first-degree negligent driving.

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 and took off in his white Toyota pickup.

An officer was 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 belonging 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.

In connection with the pizzeria heist, he initially faced charges of first-degree robbery, felony eluding and driving under the influence. But the case was reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.

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

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