Kent man pleads guilty in bank heists
A Kent man will be sentenced in March for robbing Key Bank branches last fall in Bellevue and Redmond.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A former busboy pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of first-degree robbery in connection with robberies at Key Bank branches last fall in Bellevue and Redmond.
Jason Achurra, 23, of Kent, also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm — an AK-47 assault rifle used in one of the robberies, according to records filed in King County Superior Court.
Achurra was barred from possessing guns after pleading guilty in 2007 to first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping for forcing a 15-year-old boy into his car and then making him strip at gunpoint in a Bellevue park and stealing his clothes, court records show.
Achurra was under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for his earlier crimes when Moses Lake police arrested him Nov. 24 on a King County arrest warrant, according to court records.
King County prosecutors will recommend a term of 15 ¾ years when Achurra is sentenced March 9. As part of his plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle, which is typically responsible for prosecuting bank robbery suspects, agreed not to file federal charges against him, records say.
According to charging documents, Achurra committed the four takeover-style robberies on Oct. 11, Nov. 7, Nov. 19 and Nov. 23, armed with an air gun in the first but later using a .40-caliber pistol or the assault rifle. In two of the robberies, an unknown accomplice accompanied him.
During their investigation, Bellevue police detectives learned Achurra had bussed tables at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle but he had stopped showing up for work by mid-November.
Charging papers don't say how much cash was stolen, just that Achurra and his accomplice made off with large sums, some of which he spent on a car, a set of tires, 1,200 rounds of ammunition and an engagement ring from Tiffany.
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