A second person has been sentenced on charges stemming from a church burglary in September.

Joshua Ordaz, 25, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of theft of property and one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit forgery and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. He was sentenced to three years in prison, with 18 months suspended and credit for 201 days spent in jail before Monday. He’ll also have to complete two years of supervised probation after his release.

Ordaz was one of four people arrested in September after a string of burglaries, including at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. In that break-in, items from the church were stolen, as was a checkbook belonging to the pastor.

Police arrested Eden McMurtry the day after the burglary when she tried to pass a forged check belonging to the pastor. Ordaz and Yancey McMurtry were arrested later that day. Landon Slade was arrested the next day.

Eden McMurtry pleaded guilty April 5 to unauthorized use of personal identifying information, conspiracy to commit forgery and three counts of possession of stolen property. She got a suspended sentence and was ordered to complete drug treatment as part of her probation.

Yancey McMurtry was set to plead guilty last week as part of an agreement with prosecutors, but Northwest District Judge Kirsten Sjue rejected the deal. A trial date for him has not been set.

Slade is set to change his plea in May.



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