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Juneau man pleads guilty to robbing cabbie

Posted: January 8, 2014 - 12:07am

A 21-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing a cab driver back in March.

Jordan I. Oldham changed his plea in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg and admitted to second-degree robbery.

Prosecutors said Oldham hit the Taku Taxi cab driver in the face and demanded money during the 3 a.m. ride past the Glacier Highway access road on March 22. The driver was able to summon for help via his radio, and Oldham was arrested shortly after.

A plea deal in place dismisses a misdemeanor assault charge aginst Oldham and calls for him to serve one year (four years with three years suspended) for the felony robbery offense. He will be required to serve five years probation after his release, if the judge accepts the deal.

The deal also mandates Oldham serve an additional 150 days in connection to other misdemeanor cases, including violating conditions of release, violating a domestic violence restraining order, violating probation in a contempt of court case and theft.

He is scheduled to be sentenced by Pallenberg next month.

Defense attorney Julie Willoughby noted her client has been in prison since his arrest and is slated to be released in 45 days. He will receive credit for time served.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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