Tuesday, May 1, 2012
WALLA WALLA -- A man was sentenced Monday afternoon to 240 hours of community service for passing counterfeit $20 bills at area businesses in November.
Justin C. Kirk, 31, of 1167 School Ave., will perform the service in lieu of 30 days in the Walla Walla County Jail, according to the sentence imposed by Superior Court Commissioner Mike Mitchell.
Kirk faced a jail term of up to 60 days, but the sentence was recommended by the prosecution in a plea agreement. And defense attorney Richard Wernette told Mitchell before the sentence was imposed, "I think it's a reasonable resolution to the case."
Kirk also will have to pay $1,885 in restitution, costs and fees.
He pleaded guilty April 16 to forgery, which is a felony.
Officials said he and another man used two of the fake bills to buy automotive products and gas at Sun Mart, 315 N. Second Ave., on Nov. 12.
Later that day, they bought printer ink, paper and a few other items at Walmart in College Place using eight counterfeit $20s, according to law enforcement reports filed in court.
Each of the bills reportedly has one of two serial numbers.
Kirk has remained free pending the outcome of his case.
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