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Father convicted in holdup, had daughter at side

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - A man shown on videotape holding up a convenience store with his 9-year-old daughter at his side has been convicted of first-degree robbery.

A Kittitas County Superior Court jury also convicted 42-year-old Robert Daniel Webb of Everett of first-degree reckless endangerment.

The case stems from a holdup at the Arco AM/PM store in Thorp, west of Ellensburg, on March 31. A widely publicized surveillance videotape showed the robber accompanied by a young girl and saying he needed money for his daughter.

He got about $200.

Defense lawyers argued unsuccessfully that Webb should not be convicted of first-degree robbery because he used a toy gun that was painted black. Prosecutors told the jury it only had to "appear to be a firearm" for a conviction.

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