Williston, ND (KEYZ) A judge throws out a plea bargain related to a series of burglaries including one at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Williston. Twenty-seven-year old Yancey McMurtry agreed to plead guilty to possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit forgery and drug charges in exchange for the prosecution dropping three possession of stolen property charges and reducing his sentence to one year in jail with 170 days credit and 195 days for time served.
The judge thought the deal unfair considering she just gave McMurtry’s colleague a stiffer sentence last week. Twenty-four year old Eden McMurtry was handed a suspended sentence for her part in attempting to cash checks on the account of St. Peter’s pastor, Father Michael Paul. She pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of personal id information, forgery, possession of stolen property and other lessor charges.