A Great Bend woman who helped burglars sell guns stolen from a local business last December was convicted last week in Barton County District Court.
Jamie Lynn Hubbard waived her preliminary hearing and entered a plea of "no contest" Thursday to the charge of abetting theft. Assistant County Attorney Amy Mellor said two people were charged with burglarizing P&S Security on Dec. 19, 2010. "The defendant assisted in introducing them to a person who was able to aid them in disposing of part of the stolen property."
District Judge Mike Keeley found Hubbard guilty based on the evidence. He ordered a pre-sentencing evaluation and scheduled her sentencing for 10 a.m. on Oct. 14.
Although the charge was not reduced, Mellor and defense attorney Douglas Brunson from Larned said Hubbard had signed a plea negotiation. The state will recommend she receive the standard six-month sentence and that she be granted probation. She also agreed to pay her court-appointed attorney’s fee and other fees.
P&S Security at 1705 K-96 in Great Bend was burglarized on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Police Chief Dean Akings reported at the time that a front window was broken to gain entry, and that two rifles, 21 handguns, one pair of handcuffs and flashlights were stolen. At that time, loss was estimated at $13,000.
Richard Etim, 22, of Great Bend, and a juvenile male were charged with the actual burglary. Etim, who also goes by the name "G. Money," according to court records, was arrested on Dec. 30, 2010. He originally faced multiple charges including burglary and theft, but he agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary in exchange for all other charges being dismissed. He was sentenced to 12 months, and was required to spend 60 days in jail before receiving probation. Along with the assorted fees related to his case, Etim agreed to pay $11,381 in restitution.
The juvenile, who was arrested Jan. 6, was 16 years old, according to police reports. He was charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Court records show he has a balance due at the Barton County District Court of more than $11,000. He is scheduled for a parole violation hearing on Sept. 27.