An Aberdeen man who in January used a large kitchen knife to rob a truck stop on the west side of town pleaded guilty Friday to a count of robbery.
Travis J. Atchley, 31, will not be sentenced until after a presentence investigation is finished. He faces as much as 50 years in prison.
Atchley said he didn't remember robbing The Gas Stop about 5 a.m. Jan. 21 until police showed him a video of the incident. Then, he said, some of the details came back to him. He said that while watching the video, he recognized himself and his clothes and jacket. But he didn't remember where he got the knife. He said he had blacked out because of drinking too much the previous day.
No one was injured during the robbery, officials have said.
Chris White, deputy state's attorney, said the knife was about 12 inches long and appeared to have come from a knife block, such as the type used in a kitchen.
White said Atchley drove up to the gas station, looked in the window, entered, walked to the service counter and through some swinging doors and approached the clerk. Then, White said, Atchley motioned with the knife. The clerk thought Atchley was swinging the knife at him, White said. The clerk gave the till drawer to Atchley, who then left, White said.
When Atchley got home, police were searching the residence, White said. He said they found the clothes Atchley was wearing when he committed a previous robbery.
Atchley said he remembers the details of that robbery. It was of C-Express on Eighth Avenue Northeast on Jan. 11. In that incident, he did not use a weapon, but disguised himself in heavy winter clothing and demanded money from a clerk, authorities have said. He was also accused of stealing a pickup as part of that incident. Police say they recovered the pickup just after the robbery.
Robbery and grand theft charges stemming from the Jan. 11 incidents were dismissed in exchange for Atchley's guilty verdict.
Normally, the robbery charge Atchley pleaded guilty to is a felony punishable by as much as 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. But he admitted to having two previous felonies and, as a result, being a habitual offender. So the maximum amount of time he faces is higher.
Atchley's hearing started about an hour late as the details of the plea agreement were cobbled together during a series of meetings between Atchley and his attorney and attorneys and the judge.
In other court news:
• Martin E. Kimball, 53, of Aberdeen was sentenced to 10 years in prison after violating the terms of his probation. He was on probation as the result of previously pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine. According to court paperwork, he broke probation rules by testing positive for methamphetamine.
Kimball was given credit for 181 days served. He must serve 40 percent of his term before being eligible for parole. The underlying crime is a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
• Jonathan C. Caron, 25, of Aberdeen pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years probation. He was also fined $1,104 and must pay $45 in testing costs. He must continue with aftercare and was granted a suspended imposition of sentence. That means the incident won't go on his record if he follows probation rules.
The crime is a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. In exchange for his guilty plea, lesser charges were dismissed.
• Kennedi M. Greavu, 18, of Aberdeen pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years probation. She must also pay $804 in fines and fees, make restitution for testing costs and continue with aftercare. She was given credit for time served.
Greavu was granted a suspended imposition of sentence. That means the incident won't go on her record if she follows probation rules. The crime is a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. In exchange for her guilty plea, a related charge was dismissed.
• Amanda J. Holland, 33, of Aberdeen admitted she violated the terms of her probation. She was on probation as a result of a previous fourth drunken driving charge in a 10-year span. According to court paperwork, she broke probation rules by missing mandatory breath tests and driving with a revoked license, according to court paperwork.
Holland was given a five-year prison term that was suspended. She must spend 45 days in jail and two years on probation. She must also pay any outstanding fines and fees and continue with treatment.
The underlying drunken driving conviction is a felony punishable by as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
• Kristi L. Lappegard, 26, of Aberdeen pleaded guilty to a count of forgery. She was not sentenced.
The charge stems from Lappegard writing an unauthorized check on another's account, according to court paperwork. It's a felony punishable by as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In exchange for her guilty plea, lesser charges were dismissed.