A jury convicted a Yelm man Wednesday of six felonies connected with robbing four teens at gunpoint outside an Olympia apartment complex in late 2012 and shooting one of them in the stomach.
The jury convicted Nicholas Bostrom Thompson, 30, of attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of first-degree robbery.
Thompson also was convicted of deadly weapon enhancements and a "rapid recidivist" aggravating factor, all of which will increase the amount of time he will spend in prison. The aggravating factor of Thompson being a rapid recidivist was because he committed the robberies and shooting in Olympia just weeks after he had been released from prison.
The enhancements and aggravating factor alone will start Thompson's prison sentence at a minimum of a mandatory 20 years, plus the time for his convictions in accordance with his offender score.
Thompson's prosecutors, Heather Stone and Olivia Zhou, could not be reached for comment following the jury's verdict Wednesday because they were in the jury room interviewing the jurors.
Thompson served a prison term in 2012 after he robbed a bank in Olympia.
Thompson's convictions on Wednesday stem from an incident on Dec. 8, 2012, when he robbed a group of teens and shot a 16-year-old boy in the stomach outside the Fern Ridge Apartments. According to court papers, Thompson demanded that the teens give him "everything they have," including a vehicle.
Thompson's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19.
Thompson was not present in the courtroom for the reading of the verdict Wednesday because he had earlier flipped his counsel's table and caused other disturbances during his trial.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller ruled that Thompson was a "disruptive defendant" and ruled that he had lost his right to present in the courtroom during his trial.
Thompson was allowed to watch and listen to the remainder of his trial on a video monitor from another courtroom. He also watched and listened from another courtroom as his verdict was read.
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