Sentencing Set for Woman Charged With Possession of Stolen Property

In March of this year, 45-year-old Tracy McDonnell was charged with Felony Wrongful Taking or Disposing of Property for being in possession of over $19,000 of merchandise that was stolen from Bob Ward’s, a sporting goods store in Bozeman, Montana.

McDonnell pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan. The change of plea was pursuant to a plea agreement reached with the State. Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett said that per terms of the agreement, the State would not be making any sentencing recommendations in the case. McDonnell’s Defense Attorney, Erin Wardell, will offer a recommendation before the Court at sentencing.

District Court Judge John Fenn ordered that a presentence investigation be completed and set the date for sentencing for January 4 at 9 am. As Sheridan Media previously reported, McDonnell’s co-defendant in the crime, 48-year-old Justin Lyman, was sentenced earlier this month by Judge Fenn to to 2 ½ to 5 years in prison, with 212 days of credit for time served. McDonnell faces up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.