Texas woman pleads not guilty to 3 felony charges

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— A 40-year-old Texas woman with a criminal history pleaded not guilty Friday to three felony charges connected to an auto theft and will have her fate decided by a Routt County jury in May.

Robin Lynn Darbyshire pleaded not guilty to felony charges of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, forgery and criminal impersonation in 14th Judicial District Court.

A two-day jury trial, which Judge Joel S. Thompson is scheduled to preside over, has been set for 8:30 a.m. May 16. Darbyshire entered the pleas through her attorney, Norm Townsend.

"Negotiations fell through," Townsend said of a plea agreement he was working on with Deputy District Attorney David Moffat. "This is what (Darbyshire) has instructed me to do."

Moffat plans to file additional charges against the woman who is from Amarillo, Texas.

Court records show the woman has an extensive criminal record and has spent time in multiple correctional facilities. Prior convictions include theft and fraud.

Darbyshire has been in the Routt County Jail since May 16, 2001. She was arrested in Carson City, Nev.

Darbyshire, who is also wanted in Texas and New Mexico, faces the three felony charges for allegedly stealing a sport utility vehicle from a Steamboat Springs resident in November 2000 after posing as an auto broker, court records show.

According to court records, Darbyshire allegedly bought a Blazer and a 1990 Ford truck posing as a representative of Quality Auto Brokers Inc., a Denver firm that is no longer in business.

Darbyshire allegedly wrote a stolen check from the firm for $7,200 for both vehicles and drove off in the Blazer, records show.

Authorities suspect Darbyshire stole the checks from the Denver brokerage company when she spent the night at the owner's home on Oct. 28, 2000, records show.

According to court records, the local resident found out about Darbyshire's alleged scam when the check failed to clear the bank.

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