The suspect in a Hawks Prairie bank robbery has been declared competent to stand trial more than a year after the crime.
Jonathan S. Watson, 59, wore shackles when he appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. Trial was set for the week of April 13.
Watson has been charged with first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of methamphetamine in the Dec. 2013 robbery of Navy Federal Credit Union, 1140 Galaxy Drive NE.
Watson allegedly gave a bank teller a hand-written note that demanded money and said he had a gun. He left with $4,300, but the teller had slipped a GPS tracker inside a stack of $20 bills, according to court documents.
Law enforcement officers were able to locate a vehicle that contained Watson and a second suspect, Earl Alexander, 54, who was driving. A small plastic bag of methamphetamine was found in Watson’s wallet when he was booked into Thurston County Jail, according to court documents.
Court documents show that in exchange for testimony, Alexander will plead guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery with a sentence of 13-17 months. That sentence will be issued once Watson’s case is resolved.
In February, a forensic mental health report by Western State Hospital declared Watson was competent to stand trial. The standard sentence range for first-degree robbery is 46-61 months in prison.