14-year term for man party to Port Angeles home invasions

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A 23-year-old Port Angeles man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison in connection with July 7 and 8 home invasions involving three men east of the Port Angeles city limit and west of Carlsborg.

Travis L. Turner was sentenced by Clallam County Superior Court Judge S. Brooke Taylor after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery with a firearm enhancement, unlawful imprisonment with a firearm enhancement, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and first-degree attempted burglary with a firearm enhancement.

The firearm enhancements added 114 months to Turner’s sentence, county Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg said, predicting Turner would serve 13 years and four months before he is eligible for release.

At his sentencing, Turner, who was shot in the arm by a Barr Road homeowner west of Carlsborg on July 8 when he tried to break in, tearfully apologized for his actions, Troberg said.

The other home invasion was July 7 in Gales Addition east of Port Angeles and involved an elderly couple who were held at gunpoint, authorities said.

William S. Moore, 19, pleaded guilty last week to similar charges in connection with the same home invasions and will serve at least 13.75 years with the firearm enhancements.

Benjamin M. Wetzler, 19, is being held in connection with the home invasions on $150,000 bail in Clallam County jail on charges of unlawful imprisonment, first-degree trafficking in stolen property, two charges of first-degree burglary and two charges of first-degree robbery.

Wetzler pleaded not guilty to the charges Oct. 19.

A status hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Wetzler’s three-day trial has been set for Dec. 10.

Last modified: October 31. 2012 6:12PM
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