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Reid found guilty of exploitation

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POLSON — It took a Lake County jury about 30 minutes to find a St. Ignatius woman guilty of exploitation of elder or disabled person. The trial for Shaylynn Jamie Reid, 26, began in Polson’s District Court on Monday, Jan. 9, and ended the following morning with the guilty verdict being delivered by about 10:30 a.m.

According to court records, on Sept. 20, 2020, the conservator of the person in need of care, contacted law enforcement to report funds missing from the victim. The funds went missing while the person in need of care was in the care of Reid. Reid was given room and board in exchange for caring for the victim. When Reid was confronted by the victim’s conservator, Reid admitted to taking the funds saying she had a gambling problem.

Reid was serving a 10-year term in the Montana State Women’s prison and had to be brought back to Lake County for trial in the exploitation case. The 10-year term stems from a bail jumping charge to which Reid was initially given a three year deferred sentence. However, Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher revoked the deferred sentence after Reid committed forgery just five days after receiving the deferred imposition of sentencing.

Judge Christopher set a sentencing date of Feb. 16 in the exploitation case. Reid remains in custody.

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