As of Tuesday, March 24, 2015
GRANGEVILLE – A Cottonwood woman was placed on probation for up to three years for her role as getaway driver in 2013’s Exxon gas station robbery.
As part of her sentence, Savanah A. Poxleitner, 21, will pay $767 in restitution and $245.50 in court costs, and serve up to 100 hours of community service. Charging in this matter was amended from robbery with a firearm enhancement to accessory to burglary.
Judgement was withheld in the matter, meaning if Poxleitner satisfactorily completes terms of her sentencing, she can petition for the case to be dismissed. If she violates terms, Poxleitner could return to court and be sentenced up to 10 years and a $50,000 fine on the felony charge.
In determining sentence, District Judge Greg FitzMaurice spoke frankly to Poxleitner of his trepidation in her minimization of culpability in the robbery.
“It somewhat strains belief or credibility that you did not have some idea what was going on when your boyfriend went into the convenience store,” he said. “You knew or should have known you were participating in a crime.”
Judge FitzMaurice also acknowledged the trauma and abuse Poxleitner suffered from Daniel L. Clay, who committed the robbery, but, he added, “there were other victims in this matter.” He advised her to use this time to prove to the court this incident was an aberration, to honestly examine deeper her involvement in the crime and to find healing. As part of her sentencing, he ordered her to continue counseling for a period at the determination of her counselor.
Regarding her probationary period, “This is a test. I hope you will do well on this test,” FitzMaurice said.
Monday’s March 23 sentencing completes prosecution on the June 20, 2013, robbery of the Exxon Food and Fuel Stop in Grangeville. In this incident, Clay displayed a handgun in his waistband and demanded cash, leaving the scene with Poxleitner who waited in a nearby vehicle; the pair was recognized in Kamiah the following day and arrested.
For his part in the robbery, Clay is currently serving a five-to-12-year prison sentence with the Idaho Department of Correction.