Woman pleads guilty to theft and fighting with officers

LOGAN — A case of shoplifting could send a 44-year-old woman to prison. Jamie Autry accepted a plea deal and will now wait to be sentenced.

Autry appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She pleaded guilty to disarming a police officer and theft, both second-degree felonies. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped the four remaining misdemeanors against her.

Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar explained that Autry was caught trying to steal $70 of merchandise from a department store in December. As police tried to stop her, she became combative. During the skirmish, she grabbed one of the officer’s guns and tried to pull it from the holster, before being subdued.

Two weeks later, police found a vehicle that Autry had abandoned in the store’s parking lot. As they began to investigate, they learned that the car had been stolen.

Autry spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s hearing. She told the court she was willing to waive her right to a fair trial in exchange for pleading guilty.

Judge Brian Cannell scheduled sentencing for April 9.

Autry remains in the Cache County Jail being held without bail. She could face up to 15-years in prison.


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