Two Tri-Citians have admitted to their role in setting up a 21-year-old man to be robbed, while a third is awaiting trial this month.
Joshua M. Chavez, 26, and Lindsay M. Edwards, 30, both of Kennewick, pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to one count each of second-degree robbery.
Edwards had a second charge for possessing methamphetamine. She got six months in the county jail, and was told she can do the time on a work crew if she's eligible.
Chavez, who has a criminal record, was sentenced to two years and nine months in a state prison. He had an unrelated case for drug possession and will serve that time while in prison for the robbery.
Wilson B. Thomas, 21, is scheduled for trial Dec. 9. He has pleaded innocent to first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon enhancement.
According to court documents, victim Raul Martinez Hernandez was giving a ride on Aug. 27 to a woman who asked to stop at a Kennewick apartment complex so she could pick up a friend. The passenger was later identified as Edwards.
When Martinez Hernandez pulled in to the West Fourth Avenue parking lot, two men opened his car doors, punched him and demanded his car keys, documents said. The victim ran away to a nearby fast-food restaurant and called police.
Police found him with a cut above his left eye and blood on his lip. He returned to the complex with officers and found his car was still in the lot, but his cellphone, charger and stereo faceplate were gone, court documents said.
Officers were able to trace the victim's phone to a West 19th Avenue property. When police got there, Thomas tried to run but was caught, documents said.
Edwards was found inside a nearby trailer.
Martinez Hernandez reportedly identified Edwards and Thomas as participants in the crime. Thomas allegedly helped police find the missing phone in some bushes.
Edwards admitted getting a ride from Martinez Hernandez, but claimed he took the cellphone and other items with him after getting into a fight with Thomas, court documents said. Police ended that initial interview because she wasn't being truthful.
A search of the home turned up a purse in a bedroom. The purse, which belonged to Edwards, contained a clear, glass pipe with white residue in it that tested positive for meth, said documents.
Officers also found Chavez inside the trailer, who said "OK, you got me," when he saw police. He had fresh blood on his arm.
Edwards and Chavez originally were charged with first-degree robbery.
Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor said in court documents that he was reducing their charge in negotiations because Edwards already went to trial once and it ended in a hung jury. The jury in that trial voted 9-3 to acquit Edwards.
Bloor said the plea deal should hold them accountable. Martinez Hernandez did not object to the decision, the prosecutor said.
Chavez's criminal history includes convictions for residential burglary, taking a vehicle without permission, possession of stolen property, theft of a gun and delivery of a controlled substance.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer