Tenino man sentenced to six months in robbery case

A 19-year-old Tenino man will serve a six-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery Thursday afternoon.

Anthony R. Donley entered his plea before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor. He was arrested March 10 and has been housed in the Thurston County Jail since then.

According to court documents, Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Tenino area at about 10:45 p.m. March 10 after a man reported that someone with a gun had stolen his car.

The man said that he and a friend, Donley, had been sitting in his car across the street from the cemetery when Donley suddenly told the man to get out of the car, leave his phone, and either lie on the ground or walk away.

The man said he believed Donley had a gun, although he never saw one. He said he grabbed his phone and ran away, but Donley followed him. The man threw his phone and kept running. Donley walked back to the car and drove away, according to court documents.

The car was later found crashed in a ditch about a mile away from the scene of the robbery.

About the same time, Donley posted on Facebook that he had crashed a car. A deputy initiated a Facebook conversation with him using a false name, and Donley told the deputy that he was at home and had a gun, according to court documents.

Deputies used a K-9 to follow the trail of the driver of the crashed car. The dog led deputies to Donley’s house, and he was arrested.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Jim Powers asked the judge to sentence Donley to six months in jail — the middle of the standard sentencing range. He also asked that Donley be required to pay $1,500 in restitution to cover the cost of the victim’s car, which was totaled when Donley crashed it into a ditch.

Office of Assigned Counsel attorney Larry Jefferson, who represented Donley, said he agreed with the deputy prosecutor’s recommendation. Donley declined to speak at the hearing.

Tabor accepted the recommendation, and awarded Donley credit for the month he already spent in jail. He’ll serve the remainder of his sentence in the Thurston County Jail.