8-time convicted felon admits to Nye burglary

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, December 26, 2019
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   Pamela Jean Wagner

A woman who already has eight felony convictions added a ninth last week when she admitted to burglarizing a home in Nye in 2018.​

Pamela Jean Wagner, 53, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday and pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of possessing burglary tools and theft in connection with the 2018 crime.​

Wagner was initially jailed on the charges, but was released on her own recognizance in January 2019. She has been in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility since Aug. 13, 2019, on a felony probation violation.​

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.​

She will be sentenced for the Nye case in early January.​


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.​