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Waldo Canyon crooks sentenced

By Jonathan Petramala, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, jonathan.petramala@krdo.com
Published On: May 15 2013 10:39:03 PM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2013 11:28:08 PM CDT

Two people convicted of looting homes evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon wildfire were sentenced Wednesday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A pair convicted of looting a home evacuated by the Waldo Canyon wildfire were sentenced on Wednesday.

Shane Garrett, 36, and 39-year-old Belinda Wells-Yates, were convicted in February of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, theft, identity theft and methamphetamine possession.

Garrett was sentenced to 48 years in prison. Wells-Yates was sentenced to 72 years in prison.

“Given the circumstances, it’s appropriate and reflects not only on their roles in this crime but also the choices they made up to this point,” said Natalie Mitchell, a deputy district attorney for El Paso county.

Investigators say Wells-Yates crawled through a doggy door in a Mountain Shadows neighborhood home, helping Garrett to steal around 3-thousand dollars worth of belongings.  They were busted the next day for trying to sell the stolen goods to an undercover officer.

Neighbor Ken Dyer who lives across the street from the house that was broken into believes the sentencing will help when future fires happen.

“The punishment will definitely deter people from future crime,” Dyer said.

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