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'Toothless' armed robber gets 14 years

A toothless burglar responsible for a string of armed robberies at Spokane coffee stands was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison.

Shawn M. Westlie, 45, was arrested in January after a police SWAT team standoff at 2109 W. Mansfield Court and confessed to a series of crimes that included a gunpoint robbery at the Sunset Market in Browne's Addition last November (a video is above). The robber wore a military-style gas mask.

Westlie's arrest came after he'd been identified as suspect in a home intrusion in which a toothless burglar was whacked with a stick by the homeowner.

Westlie pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree assault, four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and first-degree burglary.

Westlie, who has previous felony convictions, was sentenced to 171 months in prison by Judge Annette Plese.

Robbery accomplice Jeremy L. Hubbard was sentenced in June to 16 months in prison. Another suspected accomplice, Victor A. Hackett, 46, is in jail awaiting trial.

Past coverage:

Jan. 19: 'Toothless burglar' linked to multiple robberies




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