Would-be armed robber gets two years in prison following failed home invasion

An Orcas Island man with a history of breaking-and-entering and who forced his way into a Rosario-area home in late December, demanding money at gunpoint from the couple that live there, was ordered to serve the next two years in prison following his latest felony conviction.

On March 7, Bradley Kenneth Stoner, 25, who earlier pleaded guilty to residential burglary, a Class B felony, and to second-degree attempted assault, a Class C felony, was sentenced in San Juan County Superior Court to a total of two years and one-and-a-half months in prison. He was ordered to pay $950 in fines and fees; restitution has yet to be determined.

As a juvenile, Stoner had twice been convicted in a San Juan County courtroom of residential burglary, which carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both, in 2003 and in 2005. He was also convicted of a felony drug crime in Whatcom County in 2007, and a felony offense in Oregon in 2011.

According to prosecutors, Stoner wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana covering his face, and was armed with a rifle, an AK-47, when he kicked in the front door of the couple's Geiser Way home, pointed the weapon at the man's chest and demanded that he hand over whatever cash he had. The woman, upstairs with her 2-year-old child at the time, reportedly witnessed the confrontation unfold from the second floor of the home, at the top of the stairs.

Moments later, as Stoner reportedly "racked" the weapon, the bandana fell from his face and the man, who then recognized the would-be robber, as did the woman, went to the telephone to call the police. Stoner immediately fled the home but turned himself in at the sheriff's office in Eastsound the following day. The couple reportedly has known Stoner since he was five years old, according to court documents.

Following his arrest, Stoner had initially been charged with first-degree attempted robbery, a Class A felony, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, to which he pleaded not guilty. He then pleaded guilty to the two lesser offenses several weeks before the case was slated to go to trial.

Given his criminal history, Stoner faced a standard range of sentencing set by the state for residential burglary of 22-29 months in prison. A Class C felony, second-degree attempted assault carries maximum penalties of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing is 11-15 months.

— Scott Rasmussen



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