Mother sentenced to 17 months after bringing children to robbery

Becca Rosenburg and Kye Shelton

WATERVILLE — The mother of four who took her children along to a campground robbery last fall has been sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Becca Rae Rosenburg, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of second-degree robbery, assault, and four counts of child endangerment in Douglas County Superior Court. Rosenburg took part in a Sept. 27 robbery at a Banks Lake campsite that turned violent, while the children waited in one of the getaway vehicles.

Rosenburg and at least four other adults — allegedly including her partner Kye Michael Shelton, 32 — set out in Rosenburg’s minivan and a white Buick sedan to steal two portable generators from the campsite. The incident turned violent when the campers, who had been scouting for deer, returned to the site and struggled with the thieves.

While fleeing, the Buick driver struck one of the alleged robbers, Joseph Aaron Lacey, 19, of Yakima, leaving him injured at the scene. Deputies arrested Lacey after he received hospital treatment.

The campers were not injured, but one was briefly dragged by the minivan while struggling with a male adult passenger, believed to be Shelton. Rosenburg’s four minor children were also passengers in the van. One of them was Rosenburg’s daughter Rae’Ana, who in February 2019 survived 20 minutes underwater after falling through the ice of a Rock Island fishing pond.

The suspects were sought for a month before their arrest in November at a home outside Moxee

Rosenburg was the third person to enter a plea in the case; accomplices Garrett Riel and Zachary Sands are serving 73 and 68 months respectively. Kye Shelton is still awaiting trial on charges of robbery, assault and theft; another woman, Veronica Joann Nanez of Yakima, was allegedly the driver of the Buick and is charged with second-degree assault, robbery, theft, and hit and run.