Suspects in separate shoplift-assaults appear in court
Two defendants accused of unrelated shoplifting incidents and assaults on a security guard at the local Macy s store made separate appearances Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
Dylan C. Arland, 24, had earlier pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and third-degree assault for trying to leave the store in December without paying for merchandise and then injuring Grover C. Baker.
On Monday, Arland was sentenced to a County Jail term of 10 months, which is the midpoint of the standard range of nine months to a year he faced based on his criminal history.
Judge John Lohrmann gave Arland credit for the 65 days he d already served, placed him on a year of community custody, a form of probation, after his release and assessed him $1,575 in legal financial obligations.
I know what I did was wrong, Arland said before Lohrmann imposed the sentence.
I have remorse for the victim of this crime.
His attorney, Jerry Makus, told the judge that Arland has a drug problem, and when it s under control, he s a pretty good guy.
Arland pleaded guilty Feb.
16 to the two crimes.
He also had been accused of second-degree robbery, but that charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.
Officials say he entered the Macy s store at 54 E. Main St.
on the afternoon of Dec.
22 and tried to leave with two T-shirts.
When confronted by store security staff, he reportedly fought with them. One security guard, Baker, suffered face, arm and hand injuries, according to a police report filed in court.
In the unrelated incident, a woman police say was an uncooperative shoplifter at Macy s last month is set for trial April 26 on two felony charges.
Young, 33, of 130 Bryant Ave., No.
23, pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to the charges of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault.
Officers were dispatched to the store about 3:40 p.m.
12 after Baker cornered Young near the entrance, according to a police report filed in court.
Baker had seen Young who was in the store for about four hours conceal several items, and gave her the opportunity to return them and leave, the report says.
But instead, Young walked out the Main Street exit and allegedly bit Baker on his right arm when he tried to detain her.
Young was arrested and booked into the County Jail.
Bail is set at $5,000.