San Diego Community News Group

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A man who tried to rob two cashiers at an Ocean Beach bank has been sentenced to one year which he has already spent in custody with two years of probation.

A settlement has been reached in the case against Lawon Andre Washington, 28, and the scheduled preliminary hearing has been canceled.

Washington pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft and the attempted theft charges were dismissed by San Diego Superior Court Judge Daniel Link. He received credit for the time spent.

Washington’s attorney requested an immediate conviction and it was granted. A review hearing has been set for September 2022, and his lawyer can then ask if the felony conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor if there is no violation of probation.

Link issued a stay order prohibiting Washington from returning to the Chase Bank branch at 1881 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Washington walked in just before noon on September 3, 2020 and demanded money.

No weapon was shown. A bank manager got employees and Washington got no money. Someone called the police and Washington got out, then went inside. A few minutes later, he surrendered.

He spent most of his time at Patton State Hospital undergoing a psychiatric assessment after being found to be mentally incapable of standing trial. He was fired and a judge found him mentally capable on September 13.

The Washington lawyer persuaded a judge to reduce his bail by $ 100,000 to allow him to be free on his own recognizance after spending a year in custody.

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