Tacoma man gets 36 months in burglary of La Center home

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Tacoma man has been sentenced to 36 months in prison and 18 months of community custody in connection with a July 17 burglary in La Center.

Officers from all over the county converged on the small city that day to chase and arrest three men, including Jawuan T. Swift. The 20-year-old was found guilty of first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm in Clark County Superior Court. He was ordered to help pay $18,453 restitution to State Farm Insurance and $500 to the victim.

Swift received 56 days' credit for time served prior to his sentencing Wednesday. According to court documents, he was found guilty of burglarizing a home in Pierce County about a year ago.

On the afternoon of July 17, Swift, along with William R. Burns, aka "Ill Will," 19, and Andre D. Lamar, 21, burglarized a residence in the 37500 block of Northeast Jenny Creek Road, according to court documents. One of the residents returned home to find a strange vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Impala, in the driveway. She saw two men leaving the home, carrying her father's shotgun, according to a probable cause affidavit. Two men hopped into the Impala, which was occupied by Swift -- the getaway driver.

The suspects drove into town and ditched the vehicle at a dead end, then took off on foot. Police apprehended two at gunpoint near the Chips Casino and found the third lying on a trampoline in the backyard of a residence across from La Center City Hall, police said.

Lamar and Burns both have a Dec. 2 trial date.