Woman pleads guilty to theft

Ex-employee must repay more than $7,000 stolen from Go-Fer

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A former Go-Fer Foods employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $7,000 from the convenience store.

Denise Humphrey, 38 of Steamboat Springs, was led away in handcuffs after entering her felony theft plea in District Court. She also pleaded guilty to charges in two other cases, misdemeanor third-degree assault and misdemeanor theft.

In November, Humphrey was arrest on charges of taking $7,232.81 from the convenience store at 644 Lincoln Ave. She fled to Minnesota, where she was found two weeks later in a hotel room with more than $4,000.

Humphrey's sentencing is scheduled for June 10, after an investigation by the probation department.

Under her plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, Humphrey could be sentenced to a maximum of four years in the prison followed by three years of probation for the felony theft and another two years in prison for the third-degree assault charge.

The conditions of the plea agreement also require Humphrey to repay $2,345 to Go-Fer Foods and $5,000 to Continental Divide Insurance. The money recovered when Humphrey was arrested will be put toward those payments.

After pleading guilty, Humphrey asked to have a personal recognizance bond since her bail bond expired Wednesday.

O'Hara refused to put a personal recognizance bond in place, but did offer to reduce her bond. Humphrey then asked if she could have a few hours to pack her belongings before going to jail.

"It appears to me to be illogical to (liberate) you without any bond to ensure you come back," O'Hara said.

Humphrey was taken to the Routt County Jail after the hearing.

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