Robber fighting five-year sentence


Staff writer

A 20-year-old Auburn man is contesting a sentence of almost five years in prison for his part in an armed robbery spree in Federal Way last summer.

King County Superior Court Judge George Mattson sentenced Christopher Yarbrough, 20, to:

• Three years and five months for first-degree burglary.

• Four years and 10 months for first-degree robbery.

• And three years and nine months months for first-degree robbery.

He’ll serve the sentences concurrently, with 341 days credit for time already served.

Yarbrough has appealed the sentence.

An accomplice in the crime spree, Jesse Johnson, 20, was sentenced in December to nine years in prison with 196 days credit for time served.

Johnson was convicted of three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree attempted robbery and first-degree burglary.

According to charging papers, the crimes began May 9, when Yarbrough and Johnson carjacked a man at a Federal Way gas station.

Later that night, the crime duo beat up and robbed at gunpoint a man walking through a parking lot and several people in a car, both at an apartment complex near the gas station, authorities said.

Later, Yarbrough and Johnson forced their way into a woman’s apartment and held her at gunpoint for about 45 minutes while they burglarized her home, according to authorities.

Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565,

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