Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Man admits to stealing from mother

Suspect pleads guilty in grand theft case


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Marc Lee Mickelson

A 55-year-old Sun Valley man admitted in court Monday that he stole more than $1,000 from his mother.

Marc Lee Mickelson pleaded guilty to a single count of felony grand theft in Blaine County 5th District Court. The admission was in accord with a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which agreed to have three other felony grand theft charges against Mickelson dismissed.

Mickelson was originally charged with stealing more than $9,000 from his mother from December 2008 through April. His mother complained to Sun Valley police in late May.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Sun Valley police officer Kim Orchard, Mickelson allegedly stole and forged checks on his mother's bank account and stole a credit card from her purse. Orchard alleged that Mickelson took three checks and wrote one for $4,000 and the other two for $2,000 each.

In court Monday, Mickelson only admitted to stealing and using the credit card. Orchard wrote that Mickelson tallied $1,039.51 on the card account without his mother's permission.

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Mickelson remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $5,000 bond. He has been in jail since his arrest in early July.

Public defender Kevin Cassidy said his client has petitioned for entry into Blaine County Drug Court, where defendants are given a chance at rehabilitation. Mickelson said during Monday's hearing that he has an "alcohol problem."

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback said that under terms of the plea agreement he will recommend probation for Mickelson conditional upon admittance into drug court and restitution of the money taken.

Judge Robert J. Elgee scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 11.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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