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August 22, 2013
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Man faces prison in robbery

A 30-year-old Alpine County man faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 15 after he pleaded guilty to robbery.

Waylon Kurtis Dondero admitted Tuesday that he and another suspect robbed the 40-year-old victim. The men reportedly were looking for money to gamble. The victim, who was beaten in the robbery, lost $78.

In exchange for Dondero’s guilty plea, no other charges will be sought, including a habitual criminal enhancement.

Dondero also agreed to make a truthful statement to authorities about the May 24-25 incident prior to entering his plea. He told Judge Tod Young that he had completed the requirement.

Dondero said he committed the offense with codefendant Miguel Rubio.

Rubio faces similar charges, but his arraignment was continued after he notified Young on Tuesday he was hiring lawyer Joe Laub to replace court-appointed attorney Kris Brown.

Rubio’s next court appearance is Sept. 17. Both men are in Douglas County Jail.

The state has agreed to recommend a 5-year maximum sentence for Dondero which would make him eligible for parole after serving two years in prison. He is also eligible for probation, according to the plea agreement.

The sentence is up to the judge, no matter what the agreement is.

Dondero also is to plead guilty to an unrelated domestic battery case in East Fork Justice Court.

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 7, 2013 03:35PM Published Aug 23, 2013 01:09PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.