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POLSON — A St. Ignatius woman was committed in Polson District Court on June 8 to a total of 15 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 10 years suspended after pleading guilty to four counts of burglary and one count of bail jumping. The terms of the sentence were in accordance with a plea agreement reached on April 20 that resolved five separate cases against Quianna Leigh Haynes, 22.

According to court records, on Feb. 20 a man called law enforcement to report his granddaughter had broken into his garage, then used a maul to break into a cabinet and took $6,400 in cash. Images of the incident were captured on surveillance cameras. On March 13, the owner of a funeral home in St. Ignatius called law enforcement regarding a burglary to his business. He indicated that he discovered his office was “ransacked” and checks were taken. He also said that it was broken into again on March 12 and someone left a dog in the business. Surveillance at a local grocery store linked Haynes to the stolen check from the funeral home. On March 15, another relative of Haynes’ reported her home had been broken into and items were taken. Haynes was linked to this burglary via surveillance cameras.

Haynes had been convicted of a burglary that occurred at another relative’s home on April 11, 2022. She was set to be sentenced for that burglary on Sept. 1, 2022 but failed to appear which led to the bail jumping charge.

Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher committed Haynes to the DOC for five years with none of that time suspended, but concurrent to the 15 year term. Judge Christopher also ordered restitution for victims in the case totaling $6,950

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