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Spokane man walks free from robbery case

A man charged in a home invasion robbery last fall walked out of court a free man today after pleading guilty to riot.

Maurice D. Lofton, 29, pleaded guilty to the felony in a plea agreement reached after Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said the victims failed to identify Lofton in a police lineup.

Lofton was sentenced to 14 days in jail and credited for 14 already served.

The deal dismissed two burglary charges, three counts of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and four counts of first-degree robbery related to an Oct. 8 invasion at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue.

Haskell said several people were in the home when a man came to the door asking to use the phone, then was followed inside by several gunmen who stole marijuana and other valuables. Police used a GPS in a stolen cell phone to track down Lofton about 30 minutes later, who they say tried to dispose of the pot and stolen cell phones.

“I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Lofton told Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno. “I was messing around with the wrong friends.”

Lofton said he had moved to Spokane from Detroit “to change my life.”

“Yet here you are,” Moreno said. “I think you got pretty lucky this time. And next time, you are looking at a lot of prison time.”


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