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A Polson woman is back in custody for violating conditions of probation on a multi-count burglary conviction.

Jennifer Michelle Fairchild, 41, admitted to four counts of burglary during a change plea hearing on Feb. 28, 2018, before District Judge James Manley. Fairchild admitted to breaking into a residence along U.S. Highway 35 on Sept. 11, 2017. She then admitted to a burglary at Cat Bay Lane on Sept. 21 and stealing a .357 caliber Python firearm. Fairchild also admitted to a pair of burglaries on Oct. 22, 2017: one on Rocky Point Road and the other on Mountain View Drive. 

One of the victims at Mountain View Drive had a game trail camera set up that captured images of a white Ford Expedition. Witnesses of the other burglaries also reported seeing a white Ford expedition in the area.

After linking Fairchild to the Expedition, a warrant was obtained to search her residence. Fairchild allegedly tried to hide when law enforcement arrived, resulting in a tampering charge. The charge was dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement. 

Many of the stolen items were located at Fairchild’s residence, including the .357 caliber Python. Fairchild admitted to the burglaries when confronted. She also confessed to a burglary on White Swan Road that had not yet been reported.

The total restitution amount is $53,247.07.

Fairchild’s probation violations included absconding from probation, failure to appear, obstructing justice, felony criminal possession of drugs and driving with a revoked or suspended license.

On April 1, Judge James Manley committed Fairchild to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of eight years, which is two years for each burglary.


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