Summit County woman pleads guilty to felony identity theft
Summit County resident Jessica Christine Sebben pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 11, to felony identity theft as part of a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.
Sebben, 20, appeared on bond Monday in Summit County District Court. She was arrested in April for using a stolen credit card to make more than $400 in purchases at local shops and restaurants.
As part of the deal, Sebben also pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, both misdemeanors. The still-pending sentences would run concurrently. All other charges, which originally totaled more than 40 felonies and misdemeanors, as well as four of Sebben’s seven cases, have been dropped.
One of the dismissed cases included charges of bail bond violations. That case was dropped because there was no victim, said deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle on Tuesday.
It is not unusual for the district attorney to drop multiple charges and dismiss multiple cases when trying to reach a deal in a case like Sebben’s, Prindle added. When a suspect uses a stolen credit card, each transaction represents a new crime, which is why Sebben was originally facing so many charges, Prindle said.
The goal then is to get a suspect to plead guilty to the most serious offenses, Prindle said. However, during Monday’s hearing, Prindle went on record by saying the district attorney intends to seek restitution for all of the victims in the cases, even though the bulk of Sebben’s charges have been dropped.
Additionally, Prindle told District Judge Karen Romeo, who presided over Monday’s hearing, it would be wise to order a presentencing investigation considering the felony identity theft charge could carry a prison sentence. The stipulated sentencing range for identity theft, which is a Class 4 felony, is two to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, according to Colorado Revised Statutes.
Prindle also noted that Sebben is thought to be a first-time offender, which could bring a lengthy probation term into play instead of prison.
Romeo ordered the presentencing investigation and set the case for sentencing at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in district court. The district attorney’s office would then have 90 days after sentencing to file motions for restitution on behalf of the victims.
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