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Man gets prison for attempted pot robbery near Kirkland

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An 18-year-old man who was among five people involved in an attempted robbery at the Eastside home of medical-marijuana advocate Steve Sarich last year was sentenced Friday to just under eight years in prison.

Dakota Laughren earlier had pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery. His four co-defendants, Hristo Tzenkov, Jonathan Buell, Tyson Corcoran and Andrew Carrigan pleaded guilty previously and have been sentenced.

At the time of the crime, Sarich was growing medical marijuana and running the advocacy group CannaCare out of his Kirkland-area house in the 11400 block of Juanita Drive Northeast.

When he was awakened by his dogs about 3:30 a.m., Sarich grabbed a .22-caliber pistol from near his bed and went to search the house.

Gunfire was exchanged, and one of the robbers, Tzenkov, was injured.

Three of the five men charged in the botched robbery had either worked for Sarich or had a prescription to obtain marijuana from him, prosecutors said.
 
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