All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Fremont County, WY) – On September 30th, a plea agreement was submitted on behalf of 48-year-old Rebecca Milleson, aka Rebecca Hatcher, for the two felony charges filed against her.
The former Pavillion Town Clerk was charged with theft aggregate back in February and larceny by bailee in June, after it was discovered that “a number of fraudulent charges” had been made against the Town of Pavillion’s checking account.
The plea agreement states that “the parties have not agreed to a specific sentence. The pleas will operate as cold pleas, and the State and Defendant are free to argue for whatever sentence deemed appropriate that is lawful under Wyoming Law.”
Under a cold plea, it is left up to the judge to sentence the Defendant as they see fit, within the bounds of the law. The judge can still follow sentencing guidelines that give minimum and maximum penalties, in this case up to 20 years imprisonment for the combined charges.
The Court will then decide the sentence after the arguments of the parties have been given.
If the plea is agreed upon by all parties, “The Defendant shall pay restitution to the Town of Pavillion in the amount of $188,758.26.”
The document also indicates that “The State shall bring no further charges against the Defendant related to her employment with the Town of Pavillion, upon the Court’s acceptance of this agreement.”
As of this writing, a plea hearing has yet to be scheduled.
County 10 will provide more updates on the case as they become available, which can befound here.