Guilty plea given in Port Angeles attempted robbery case

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

By Jeremy Schwartz

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man held at gunpoint until police arrived at the home he attempted to burglarize has pleaded guilty in the case and will serve no additional time in jail for the crime.

Richard Allen Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of attempted residential burglary and will get credit for time he served in the Clallam County jail since the attempted burglary in January.

Clint Lowery, whose home in the 1300 block of South N Street was the one Smith tried to break into at least twice in two days, said he is satisfied with how the case turned out and that Smith has gotten what he deserves.

“It’s fair for what he got; he already served almost three months [in jail] prior to him posting bail,” Lowery said. “He got what he needed to get out of it, nothing more,
nothing less.”

Smith, 37, also will be put on 12 months of state Department of Corrections supervision and has been ordered to pay $1,300 in fines and court fees, according to documents filed in Clallam County Superior Court.

Lowery called 9-1-1 dispatchers the morning of Jan. 22 because his brother saw someone acting strangely near the front door of the house.

Lowery and his brother gave a detailed description of the man, but police could not find him, police said.

The next morning, police were called to the home again and found Lowery holding Smith at gunpoint with a 12-gauge shotgun on the home’s porch.

Smith was arrested without incident, and Lowery said Smith never managed to break into his home.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 19. 2013 6:17PM
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