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By Daniel Thompson

Probation For Murnahan


Maria Murnahan was sentenced to three years probation for one count of burglary, a class 3 felony, by Judge Derek C. Weimer Thursday, January 10.

Murnahan’s attorney, Audrey Elliott, cited to Judge Weimer that Murnahan had had no other contact with law enforcement since the incident that took place May 16 and that she believed her client was a fit candidate for probation.

According to Elliott, the crime occurred because of money concerns that Murnanhan had at the time, stating that it was purely an issue of taking money at the time with no violent intent.

“I just want to apologize. I’m sorry for what I did. I don’t know why I did it,” Murnahan said before sentencing.

Judge Weimer sentenced Murnahan to probation citing that due to her actions in court and her cooperation with the court through the trial process she was at a very low risk to re-offend.

The sentence does potentially carry with it some time in jail. However, this would only occur should Murnahan violate the terms of her probation.

The burglary charge stemmed from a May 16 incident in which Murnahan was caught on camera taking money from the register after hours at Jennifer’s Barber Shop at approximately 2:00 a.m.


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