Washougal man, 19, gets 5 years for armed robbery

2 juveniles pleaded guilty and were sentenced earlier

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for a December armed robbery of a Washougal convenience store. His underage brother and another juvenile pleaded guilty last month to participating in the Dec. 14 robbery of the E Street Market.

Dalton S. Krecklow of Washougal pleaded guilty Jan. 8 in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree robbery with a dangerous weapon enhancement. In exchange, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu dismissed a firearm enhancement, which would have added five years to Krecklow's sentence. The dangerous weapon enhancement increased Krecklow's sentence by two years.

His attorney, Chris Ramsay, and Vu jointly recommended the sentence. Ramsay said Krecklow cooperated with police in the investigation. He confessed to the crime and directed police to where he had stashed a silver handgun and backpack used during the robbery, Ramsay said.

Washougal police responded at 10:48 p.m. Dec. 14 to the report of the robbery at the store, 1414 E St.

Surveillance video showed Krecklow's 17-year-old brother, Dakota L. Krecklow, entering the store and walking through the premises, according to a court affidavit.

Meanwhile, Dalton Krecklow entered the store wearing a multicolored mask and carrying the silver handgun. He pointed the gun at a clerk and demanded money and cigarettes. The clerk filled a duffle bag with about $200 in cash and four cartons of cigarettes and gave it to the suspect. Court documents indicate 17-year-old Jordan J. Hysmith was waiting outside, possibly serving as a lookout.

Officers from the Camas Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office and a Vancouver police K-9 team helped Washougal police in an overnight manhunt for the trio. The suspects were arrested the next morning.

Dalton Krecklow has a criminal history of two counts of fourth-degree assault, third-degree theft and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Hysmith and Dakota Krecklow both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and were sentenced last month in Juvenile Court to 15 to 36 months in a juvenile institution. Their actual time served will depend on their progress during their incarceration.