Second suspect involved in 2014 Odessa church robbery pleads guilty

Second suspect involved in 2014 Odessa church robbery pleads guilty
Two men were arrested in January 2014 and charged with robbing a woman at Sherwood Baptist Church. (Source: KWES)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The second suspect arrested in connection with a January 2014 robbery at an Odessa church has learned his sentence.

Timothy Yanaga plead guilty to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on Wednesday.

As a result of the plea, Yanaga was sentenced to five years behind bars.

Yanaga and Nicholas Kempf snatched a purse hanging on a 65-year-old woman's walker during a Sunday church service at Sherwood Baptist Church and attempted to flee.

Nearly 20 parishioners and church members rushed to help, according to Pastor Ivy Shelton, and managed to restrain Kempf and Yanaga until authorities arrived.

Kempf was sentenced last week to 20 years behind bars for aggravated robbery and five years behind bars for aggravated assault.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said Kempf's sentences will be served concurrently.

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