Supreme Court Overturns Sheridan Woman's Conviction

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Supreme Court Overturns Sheridan Woman's Conviction

The Wyoming Supreme Court his week overturned the conviction of a Sheridan woman. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.

Miranda Mraz was found guilty of felony larceny after a week long trial in February of 2013. Mraz was sentenced to 2 to 8 years in prison, suspended in lieu of 8 years supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and a little over $6,000 in restitution.

Mraz committed the alleged crime on April 21, 2012, when as an employee of the Eagles Club at 5th and Main in Sheridan, she allegedly stole money out of the safe and attempted to make it look like the place had been burglarized, and that the burglar had knocked her down and fled the scene while she attempted to clock in for work that morning.

The Supreme Court published opinion states that there was not enough evidence against Mraz to seek a conviction, and that the State, at trial, did not supply any direct evidence that she'd taken the money from the safe. The Court's opinion also stated that the money that was stolen from the Eagles was never found, thus law enforcement's case against Mraz was based on insufficient evidence that she committed the crime since the stolen property was never found in the defendants possession. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the conviction with instructions to enter a judgment of acquittal.

In an unrelated matter, the 25-year-old Mraz has recently been charged with six counts of Felony Forgery, and one count of misdemeanor theft for altering customers tips while she was employed as a waitress at the Firewater Bar and Grill on North Main in Sheridan. A preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at 3:30 in Sheridan County Circuit Court.

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