More given jail time for theft cases
December 20, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Kati More, the woman accused of stealing as much as $25,000 in cash from an ex-boyfriend in March, was sentenced to three months in Routt County Jail.
The punishment was handed down Thursday by 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill at the Routt County Justice Center. According to court records, Hill ordered More to start serving the sentence immediately and without breaks. More's attorney, Larry Combs, had asked that his client be allowed to serve the sentence on weekends in 48-hour blocks. A message left with Combs on Tuesday was not immediately returned.
More also was given four years of supervised probation, ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and nearly $3,000 in fees and must complete 100 hours of community service and undergo a psychological exam and treatment.
More's sentence was related to two separate crimes.
On Sept. 30, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief as part of a plea deal. She originally had been charged with felony theft after police said she stole as much as $25,000 from her former boyfriend in March. More in September said it was in her best interest to take the deal because she could not afford the trial.
Hill on Thursday sentenced More to 60 days in jail and four months of probation related to that plea deal.
By pleading guilty to criminal mischief, More jeopardized another plea deal she took in 2010 after she admitted to stealing and eventually returning more than $60,000 from the Loggers Lane Homeowners Association when she was its treasurer. As part of that plea deal, she pleaded guilty to a felony computer crime and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The felony was deferred, meaning it would have been dismissed after two years if More complied with the terms of her probation.
For violating the terms of that deal, Hill sentenced More to three months in jail. The felony will remain on her record. More will get credit for her 60-day sentence while serving her 90-day sentence.
Court records show that More spoke to the court during the sentencing. She was joined by Combs and three others who spoke in her support.
More's former boyfriend and Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle also addressed the court during sentencing.
"I did inform the court that I did feel this case was worthy of a significant punitive measure because of the nature of the offense," Prindle said Tuesday.
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