Robber gets time served off sentence of 27 years

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man who committed two home-invasion robberies in 2011, including one in which a woman was bound and beaten, was sentenced Friday by Clark County Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke to more than 27 years in prison.

Prior to sentencing, Adam C. Lewis, 26, orally motioned Friday to withdraw guilty pleas made in plea agreements Oct. 26 and Nov. 5, saying he hadn't known that he might not receive credit for time served. He also asked for a new court-appointed defense attorney because he was unhappy with his plea agreement. The judge denied both requests.

His concerns turned out to be moot. Judge Stahnke gave Lewis credit for time served, despite protests by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey. That means Lewis has about 26 years left to serve in prison. He could have faced up to 108 years in prison, Harvey has said.

Harvey argued that Lewis wasn't eligible for credit for time served because he was serving four years for a separate crime — failure to register as a sex offender — while he waited for sentencing in the home-invasion robberies.

Lewis pleaded guilty Oct. 26 to first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with the first robbery, May 2, 2011, and pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the second robbery, May 5, 2011.

In the first incident, he broke into a garage at a house in the 2100 block of Northeast 161st Place and tried to steal resident Anthony Lane's green 2004 Dodge Stratus. Lewis then crashed the car.

Lane, who spoke at the sentencing, told Judge Stahnke that he had been attending all of Lewis' hearings in hopes of seeing justice done.

Three days later, Lewis broke into a house in the 2300 block of East 27th Street. Armed with a handgun, he bound the woman who lived there with handcuffs and strapped a leather belt around her torso and arms.

He ordered the woman around the house at gunpoint and asked for money and marijuana. He punched and kicked her when she attempted to break free.

When the victim's husband returned home, he confronted the armed assailant, and the two wrestled for the gun. The husband fired a gunshot in his direction but missed. Meanwhile, the woman ran to a nearby supermarket to seek help.

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