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Breaking News: Irish pleads guilty to theft

Sky-Hi Staff Report

On Friday, Dec. 18 Brigid Irish pled guilty to one count each of theft, attempt to influence a public official, and embezzlement of public property in Grand County District Court. All counts are felonies.

Additionally, Irish pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor abuse of public records; charges related to funds missing from the Grand County Building Department.

This was a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

To address the Court’s rejection of an earlier plea agreement, sentencing on one of the felony counts will be open to the court and can include up to six years in prison.

On the other two felony counts, Irish will serve 32 years of probation, pay restitution and complete 400 hours of public service. The sentence on the misdemeanor count is open to the Court and can be up to 18 months in the Grand County Jail.

Sentencing in District Court is set for March 11, 2016.

“This plea agreement brings to a close a very difficult case for Grand County by balancing punishment with the opportunity for Ms. Irish to make full restitution,” said District Attorney Brett Barkey.

“We will ask the Court at sentencing to send Ms. Irish to the maximum time in county jail. The long period of probation will give Ms. Irish a realistic time period in which to pay back the County and the County’s insurance carrier for the loss she caused.”

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