Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Final defendant gets jail in home-theft case

Earlier defendant charged with new felony


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The final defendant in a Ketchum home-theft case was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail for a misdemeanor conviction of petit theft.

Shanna Marie Deleon

Shanna Marie Deleon, 36, a former Ketchum resident, was originally charged with felony grand theft for involvement in the theft of jewelry and other items from the home of Ketchum resident Mary Grace Feehan. She was given credit for one day already spent behind bars and placed on probation for two years.

Sentence was pronounced by Judge Jason Walker in Blaine County Magistrate Court. Walker allowed Deleon, who now lives in the Burley area, a week to report to jail and ordered that she can serve her time at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center in Burley.

Deleon, in a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, pleaded guilty to petit theft in November in exchange for the charge being reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Benjamin Patrick Dugan

Meanwhile, Benjamin Patrick Dugan, 32, who was convicted of felony possession of stolen property in the Feehan home-theft case, has been charged with a new felony—"injuring jails"—for allegedly damaging a police vehicle while being taken back to the Blaine County jail following sentencing in Blaine County District Court on Dec. 5.

Deleon and Dugan were among five people earlier charged with felonies in the theft of items last spring from the Feehan home. Charges against two suspects were later dismissed, and a 16-year-old Ketchum boy, who had access to the home while Feehan was away, was sentenced Dec. 1 in Blaine County Juvenile Court to 21 days in jail and placed on probation for three years.

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Ketchum police reported earlier that about $100,000 in jewelry and other items were taken from the home.

Dugan, who was arrested in the theft case on June 15, was sentenced on Dec. 5 to time served plus an additional 30 days in jail for back-talking to Judge Robert J. Elgee while sentence was being pronounced. Though warned several times by the judge, Dugan continued his harangue until Elgee ordered him removed from court.

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Blaine County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Johnson, Dugan continued his tirade while being taken back to jail, allegedly making threats against "court personnel and all the law enforcement officers and their families."

Johnson further wrote that Dugan, riding in a 2006 Dodge Durango patrol vehicle driven by Deputy Kenneth McNeir, then "began to kick and head butt the windows and door panels in the back seat and rear cargo area" of the vehicle.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,174.

Dugan remained incarcerated in the Blaine County jail Tuesday, serving out the remainder of his conviction in the theft case and on $5,000 bond for the "injuring jails" charge.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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