Mikia A. Richard and Anthony C. Parker pleaded guilty to theft charges Thursday afternoon in Thurston County Superior Court. The duo were accused of assaulting an Olympia man and stealing his phone in May 2014.
Richard, 20, will serve a 30-day jail sentence for second-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault.
Because of his criminal history, 22-year-old Parker will serve a three-month sentence for second-degree theft.
The Olympia residents had initially been charged with second-degree robbery, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charges. Both defendants entered Alford pleas — meaning they still claimed they were innocent but believed that a jury may find them guilty.
Judge James Dixon said he was concerned about the new charges and Chief Criminal Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee’s sentencing recommendations. He said that based on the declaration of probable cause, filed in court soon after the defendants’ arrests, he believed that the case should go to trial. But Dixon said he trusted that attorneys reached a fair resolution.
The declaration of probable cause gives the following account:
At about 3:30 p.m. on May 24, 2014 an Olympia police officer responded to reports of an altercation on the 700 block of Cushing Street Southwest.
A man, the victim, told the officer that he had seen Parker urinating in an alley that borders his property while Richard stood nearby. The man said that people use the alley while using illegal drugs, vandalizing property and stealing from residents. He followed Parker and Richard in the hopes of taking a photo that he could give to police.
Richard and Parker saw him taking pictures and walked toward him. The man said Richard began yelling at him, and he tried to explain the problems he had been having with the alley.
He said she punched him in the face, and the force knocked his cell phone to the ground. The man said both Richard and Parker continued to hit him, and Richard took his phone.
A neighbor said she saw part of the attack and heard Richard refuse to give back the phone.
Richard and Parker were found at Capital Medical Center and arrested.