Centralia Man Draws Six Year Prison Term On Attempted Armed Robbery ChargeA 24-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in Marion County Court to charges of attempted armed robbery and unlawful use of weapons. Walter Shumate was also ordered to serve a three year concurrent prison sentence on a petition to revoke his probation on a prior theft conviction.
Shumate was arrested after a foiled armed robbery attempted at the Centralia Food Mart on East 15th Street in Centralia last January. Shumate admitted holding a knife to the throat of a clerk and demanding money. However, the holdup was foiled when a customer pulled Shumate off the clerk. A scuffle ensued, with Shumate eventually fleeing but leaving the knife and one of his shoes behind. Another customer than chased Shumate down and held him on the ground until police arrived.
Once Shumate is released from prison, he will have to complete two years of mandatory supervised release. As part of the plea two counts of aggravated battery were dropped.
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Police Beat for Friday, May 29th, 2015