9-time convicted felon gets 10 years probation for Nye burglary​

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, January 16, 2020
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     Pamela Jean Wagner

A woman with nine felony convictions will be under the state’s watch for a total of 20 years, in part for burglarizing a home in Nye.​

Pamela Jean Wagner, 53, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday and was given a 10-year suspended sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) for one felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of possessing burglary tools and theft in connection with the 2018 crime.​​

Wagner was also ordered to pay $3,650 in restitution to the victims, $1,085 in fines and fees and to follow 26 court-imposed conditions.​

Under the terms of a plea agreement, the 10-year suspended sentence was ordered to run consecutively to the 10-year DOC sentence handed down recently in Yellowstone County. Judge Matt Wald told Wagner that if the plea agreement had not levied any additional penalty on her that had not already been covered by the Yellowstone County case, that he would not have accepted it.​

“I don’t know if you’re ready to change or not but your history is not good,” Wald said to Wagner.​

Wagner declined to make a statement to the judge prior to sentencing.

Wald said the sentence provided community safety through Wagner’s supervision, accountability, rehabilitation and punishment for her criminal behavior.​

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Wagner’s criminal history begins in 1984 and includes felony convictions in Yellowstone, Flathead, Deer Lodge and Cascade counties for multiple thefts, forgery, escape and bail jumping.​ ​

THE CASE​​

According to court documents, a couple reported coming home on Nov. 14, 2018, to find their cabin in Nye was broken into and “was a mess.” Chief Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Skylar Steele met with the couple, during which Wagner was identified as a possible suspect. Stolen in the burglary were a Model 94-3030 Winchester rifle, a Winchester shot gun, 20 to 30 T-shirts, $30 to $50 in change, two Miller Beer signs, a wood car and gas pump, a wood saw cutter, cassette tapes, old clothing, dishes and a paddle “from the old country” worth $500, according to court documents. Food had also been eaten.​​

Collected as evidence were sheets, blankets and partially eaten food. A storage shed on the property was also broken into, but nothing was taken.​​

On Nov. 16, at 8:10 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary-in-progress in Nye of which Wagner might be on scene, according to court documents. Neighbors had reported an SUV backed up to a garage with a female loading items. Deputies responded, intercepted Wagner and took her in for questioning. In her car were items stolen in the Nov. 14 burglary.​​

Wagner denied ever going into the cabin, but admitted being on scene with her boyfriend, who had a family member associated with the cabin, according to court documents.​

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