The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian
A Snohomish man was found guilty Wednesday of 16 felony charges connected to his role as a lookout in a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, Clark County. During the robbery, a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.
Jarrod A. Wiebe, 27, was charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree extortion, first-degree criminal impersonation and 10 counts of firearm theft.
His three co-defendants in the robbery pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to some of the charges and received sentences ranging from 53 months to 14 years. Wiebe received a similar plea offer but chose to go to trial.
Juror Brenda Panage said the jury found him guilty on all counts because the law states that as an accomplice, he has liability for the crimes committed by his cohorts.
He faces up to 50-plus years in prison for the convictions because of the state’s sentencing laws, according to Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu. Sentencing laws require consecutive sentences when a jury finds a firearm was involved in a crime, and judges have no discretion in the matter.
Wiebe’s attorney, Chris Ramsay, said Wiebe will appeal the conviction.
Co-defendant Larry C. Kyle, 38, of North Bend, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree extortion and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Co-defendant Ruben Vega, 37, also of North Bend, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Co-defendant Regan C. Davis, 53, of Everett, entered an Alford plea, acknowledging that a jury could find him guilty of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm and was sentenced to 53 months in prison.