Friday, September 30, 2011
Steamboat Springs Kati More on Friday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief related to the accusation that she stole as much as $25,000 in cash from her former boyfriend in March.
More originally was charged with felony theft.
As part of the plea agreement offered by Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle, More will have to pay $20,000 to her former boyfriend, write a letter of apology, abide by a restraining order and be on supervised probation for four years.
“It’s in my best interest to take a plea,” More said after the hearing. “I didn’t have money for trial.”
More now faces having a felony on her record from breaking the law while on probation and violating the terms of an agreement related to a 2010 case where she stole and returned more than $60,000 from the Loggers Lane Owners Association when she was treasurer.
Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill will decide during sentencing at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 whether More will serve time in jail.
More’s attorney, Larry Combs, told the judge that More was hoping to pay back the money before sentencing in an effort to avoid or minimize any jail time.
Prindle said the primary goal of the plea agreement was to repay the victim, and had the case gone to trial, it would have been difficult to prove how much money was in the victim’s lock box at his home.
“There are no bank records or receipts,” Prindle said.
During Friday’s hearing, More was free on bond and admitted to violating the terms of her probation related to the November Loggers Lane case.
As part of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office in 2010, More avoided jail time and had to serve 240 hours of community service and pay nearly $1,700 in fees and fines. More pleaded guilty to a felony computer crime and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
The computer crime charge had a two-year deferred sentence, meaning it would have been dismissed had More followed all the stipulations of the deal. That will be addressed during the Dec. 15 sentencing.
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