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Columbia Falls woman ordered to pay over $78K in restitution

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POLSON — A Columbia Falls woman has been ordered to pay restitution totaling $78,824.21 for her participation in possessing items she knew were stolen from storage units in the Condon Area. 

Sierra Kay Fischer, 28, was convicted for crimes involving co-defendants Eugene Thomas Germain, 27; Brandon Tollie, 26, of Woods Bay; Mitchell Bear Raymond, 25, of Bigfork; and Crystal Chase, 31, of Woods Bay.

Germain, Tollie and Raymond are all currently serving lengthy terms from multiple jurisdictions throughout Northwest Montana involving similar crimes. Chase got a five-year term due to numerous probation violations.

The sentence for Fischer was in accordance with a plea agreement reached June 11. She was initially charged with three counts of burglary, one count of felony burglary, and three counts of misdemeanor theft. 

All five co-defendants are equally yet separately responsible for paying restitution.

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