Two Tacoma men guilty in interrupted burglary

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Two Tacoma men pleaded guilty Wednesday to a July 17 residential burglary and police chase in La Center.

William R. Burns, aka "Ill Will," 19, and Andre D. Lamar, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of theft of a firearm, first-degree theft and first-degree malicious mischief. They are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23 by Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark.

Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein and defense attorneys Jack Peterson and Gregg Schile have agreed on a sentence of four years in prison and 18 months of community custody for each man, though it's ultimately up to Clark whether to follow the terms of the deal.

Their accomplice, Jawuan T. Swift, 20, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm and was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 18 months of community custody.

The trio were burglarizing a home in the 37500 block of N.E. Jenny Creek Road when one of the residents returned home and noticed a strange vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Impala, in her driveway. Two men were leaving the house, carrying her father's shotgun, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. They climbed inside the Impala, which was occupied by Swift, the alleged getaway driver, and fled the scene. They then led La Center police on a chase that began in their vehicle and ended on foot.