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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Felony burglarly charge moves on to district court


January 16, 2020

WORLAND – Ashley Ann Leary was bound over from Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court to district court on one felony count of burglary.

This charge carries a possible punishment of up to 10 years of prison time, and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Leary was arrested in early November after a traffic stop where it was discovered in her vehicle that there was property belonging to Ryan Allen. The items were then shown to Allen, who has been incarcerated in the Washakie County Detention Center since October on charges of arson as well as multiple drugs charges.

According to the affidavit, Allen confirmed the items were his and he had actually given permission to Leary to stay on the property and sell his vehicles, but not any of his other property. After meeting with Allen, officers drove out to the property which showed signs of forced entry and items shifted in multiple sheds, as well as a trailer located in front of the house.

According to the affidavit, on Monday Nov. 4, 2019, the investigating officer met with Forrest Kinnaman, who was with Leary at the time of arrest, and interviewed him to fill in details from the story. Kinnaman was mirandized and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

According to Kinnaman in the affidavit, Leary had allegedly spent $500 that Allen gave to her to get his Jeep out of the impound lot on a new tire for Kinnaman’s vehicle as well as other items. Kinnaman stated he helped Leary allegedly “break the lock on the camper trailer and storage shed in order to retrieve items he believed she had authority to remove.”

According to the affidavit, after this interview, the investigating officer was informed by a Thermopolis resident that he had let Leary and Kinnaman borrow his truck and he believed there may be additional items that were stolen in his vehicle. Among the items that were taken and recovered were a gold necklace comprised of 12 diamonds and 58 tanzanite stones which was appraised at $44,370, and a Tourmaline stone valued at $2,700. The total estimated value that Leary allegedly took from Allen without permission was in excess of $50,000.

Leary was scheduled to appear in district court for her arraignment on Wednesday, Jan. 15.


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