Man at head of violent campsite robbery enters plea for 63-month sentence

Kye M. Shelton (Department of Corrections)

WATERVILLE — Kye Michael Shelton, the man who led the chaotic robbery of a Douglas County campsite in September 2019 that endangered four children and left one accomplice with a broken leg, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Shelton, 33, was sentenced Tuesday to just over five years in prison for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment, for bringing four children along when he attempted to ransack a deer camp with his partner Becca Rae Rosenburg, 34, and three other men.

Shelton entered an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt but agreed to take advantage of Douglas County prosecutors’ recommendations toward his sentence. Superior Court Judge Brian Huber imposed 63 months in prison.

The group loaded a set of generators into their own vehicles before the occupants returned to the campsite, and a confrontation ensued while the children waited in a getaway van. Shelton struggled with one of the campers during their escape, and one of the robbers, Joseph Aaron Lacey, 19, of Yakima, was struck and injured by his own getaway vehicle and arrested at the scene.

Police spent the next two months hunting for Rosenburg, Shelton and other suspects before they were arrested at a home near Moxee. Rosenburg pleaded guilty last summer and was sentenced to 17 months. Accomplices Garrett Riel and Zachary Sands are serving 73 and 68 months respectively, while Lacey received nine months.