A Franklin County judge warned a 54-year-old Kennewick man to stay out of trouble after he completes his prison sentence on a robbery conviction.
Moses Cornelious Sanders picked up his second "strike" offense Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court after entering an Alford plea of guilty to first-degree robbery.
"You need to be very careful," Judge Craig Matheson told him. "The sentence on a third strike would be life without parole."
Sanders got his first strike under the state's "three strikes" law when he was convicted in 1982 of first-degree robbery.
In the current case, Sanders was arrested Aug. 20, 2010, after he and another man robbed the Family Mart Conoco on Fourth Avenue, court documents said.
Sanders wrote in court documents that he was entering an Alford plea because while he thinks he is innocent, he believed there was sufficient evidence to convict him if he took the case to trial.
Matheson sentenced him to eight years and four months in prison.
Sanders' co-defendant, Billy Wayne Davis, 66, of Pasco, was convicted by a jury last week of first-degree robbery with a firearm.
Davis is being held without bail in the Franklin County jail. He picked up his third strike with the conviction and faces a life sentence.
Sanders and Davis were arrested shortly after the early-morning robbery at Conoco.
Davis used a BB gun that was modified to look like a rifle and pointed it at the clerk during the hold-up, documents said. Sanders then took $304 in bills and coins.
Sanders said he handed the money to Davis before they ran out of the store, documents said. They were found hiding in Volunteer Park, which is across the street from the jail.
Bail reduced for woman accused in kidnapping
A Richland woman accused of being involved in kidnapping a Pasco woman over a stolen cellphone had her bail reduced to $200,000.
Carrie L. Childs, 48, of Richland, has been in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail since Oct. 19. She faces aDec. 14 trial in Franklin County Superior Court on first-degree kidnapping.
Defense attorney Kevin Holt asked Judge Craig Matheson on Tuesday to reduce her bail to $50,000, so she would have a chance to get out and go back to work.
Childs has security clearance at Hanford and is waiting to be re-employed there, he said. She also is a nationwide loan inspector and has work waiting to be done.
"She's not a flight risk," he said.
Holt said a private investigator is looking into the case and said this "may not be what it appears."
He asked for an order to get a copy of surveillance videos at two Pasco locations that he said shows the alleged victim was there on her own free will.
He also said there is correspondence from the victim to another co-defendant demanding money for a cellphone in possession by Childs' son.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said that he didn't think there was any new information and he had no new reports to support the low bail.
Last week, co-defendant Kelsey M. Cavazos, 18, of Kennewick, had her bail reduced to $200,000. Sant suggested that would be a fair amount for Childs.
Cavazos, Childs and Logan W. Roberts, 23, of Kennewick, are accused of holding Victoria Cook against her will at Childs' home on Oct. 17, interrogating her about the cellphone and threatening to throw her in the river, documents said.
Cook was able to get away the next morning while the suspects slept and called police when she returned home, documents said.
Man to face trial for unlawful imprisonment
A 27-year-old Pasco man faces a Jan. 11 trial for preventing his wife from leaving their apartment during a fight and threatening her with a machete.
Alejandro Arriaza pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to unlawful imprisonment.
He was arrested Friday by Pasco police after someone reported a domestic disturbance and said the man possibly had a machete, court documents said.
Officers learned Arriaza had been arguing with his 26-year-old wife over financial and marital problems, documents said.
That night, Arriaza's wife had apparently gotten home late from work and was talking on the phone but wouldn't tell Arriaza whom she was talking to.
After getting dinner and drinks, they got home around 9:30 p.m. and they argued some more. The victim was on the phone again and Arriaza grabbed it from her, documents said.
She twice tried to run out the back door, but she said Arriaza grabbed her in a hug both times to bring her back inside, documents said.
A man that she had been talking to reportedly sent a text message that he was outside and called Arriaza to tell him to let his wife go, documents said.
Arriaza reportedly got frightened by the call and went to his room to get a machete. That is when his wife ran out the front door, documents said.
Arriaza left the machete inside the apartment, caught her and pulled her back into the apartment, documents said.
When officers arrived, they had to kick in the door and once inside found Arriaza holding the machete up over his head, documents said.
Arriaza reportedly told police that she was his wife and he was trying to keep her there. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife, documents said.