18-Year-Old Centralia Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in Robbery at Hotel

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

One of two women charged in an incident in which a man was reportedly lured to a hotel, beaten and robbed has pleaded guilty. 

Claire J. Carsoner-Garcia, 18, of Centralia, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to her original charges of first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. 

She has been held on $150,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail since being charged in December. 

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Superior Court Judge James Lawler agreed Friday to release her on $10,000 unsecured bail pending her sentencing hearing, but cautioned her to stay in contact with her attorney. 

“Given the potential sentences in this case it would not be wise for you to take off and not be in touch with him,” Lawler said. 

First-degree robbery is a class A felony and a strike offense. 

Carsoner-Garcia is due back in court for a review in the case on Feb. 8. Her sentencing date is being delayed as part of her plea agreement. 

A second suspect, Maria I. Sevilla-Martinez, 17, was charged as an adult in the case a few days before Carsoner-Garcia. She was scheduled to enter a guilty plea on Monday, but that hearing has been canceled. 

Her trial is currently scheduled to start Feb. 5.

According to court documents, the Centralia Police Department responded Dec. 6 to a report of a robbery at a hotel in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue and met a man bleeding from a head wound. 

He told police his ex-girlfriend, Sevilla-Martinez, lured him to the hotel where he was attacked by suspects with guns who then stole his car. 

Carsoner-Garcia pleaded guilty to her part of the scheme Friday. 

“I was an accomplice to others forcibly taking property from (the victim) and the others were armed with pistols,” according to her written statement on her plea. “We all left the hotel and my accomplices took (the victim’s) vehicle.”