A 42-year-old Toppenish man will spend 13.5 years in prison for his role in a violent armed robbery from 2020.

  Suspect pistol whipped clerk

November 18th, 2020, 42-year-old Eduardo Valencia and another suspect went into the La Milpa Market on Knob Hill Blvd. in Yakima,  pulled out firearms and demanded money from the clerk.

A struggle  ensued, and Valencia pistol whipped the worker. He and his accomplice made off with over $10,000. Although the two were wearing ski masks, Valencia was identified in part from DNA from a glove he dropped at the  scene.

According to the US Attorney's Office for Eastern WA in Spokane, Valencia was convicted of Robbery Affecting Commerce and Using, Carrying, or Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence after a jury trial.

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In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Stanley A. Bastien gave Valencia five years of supervised parole.

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