Woman gets seven years for robbery

Kidnapping among charges dropped in plea agreement

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Brush Prairie woman was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for her role in the Aug. 24 robbery and intimidation of a 29-year-old woman who was a witness in a drug case.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Summer E. Long, 36, of Brush Prairie pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and intimidating a witness. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping.

Long and Robert J. Tuttle, 33, allegedly tried to intimidate the victim into not testifying against Tuttle.

Tuttle also pleaded guilty to identical charges and was sentenced May 5 to seven years in prison. Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson sentenced both defendants.

The victim accepted a ride from Long and Tuttle, both of whom she knew through the local drug subculture, prosecutors said. Court records don't reveal where she was going. Once inside Long's truck, Long and Tuttle allegedly started driving toward Larch Mountain, away from the victim's intended destination. The victim told investigators that she asked repeatedly to be returned to where they had picked her up, but her requests were ignored, according to court records.

At the top of the mountain, the victim said, Long and Tuttle assaulted her and accused her of being a police informant. They threatened to harm her if she testified against Tuttle in a pending drug case.

The victim said she was able to flee and hide in the woods until daylight, when she walked 9.3 miles to a residence, according to court records. She couldn't call for help because she didn't have her phone. Tuttle and Long drove away with the victim's purse still inside their vehicle, which was the basis for the robbery charge, said Long's attorney, David Kurtz.