Sentencing Delayed For Forest Service Worker

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The fate of John and Linda Holmes of Tonto Basin, who were scheduled to be sentenced this week in federal court for theft, will remain undecided until 3 p.m. June 1.

The couple were originally scheduled for sentencing May 22, following a six-month investigation into missing money from the U.S. Forest Service fee boxes in the Roosevelt Lake recreation area.
Cathy Colbert, public affairs officer for the U.S. District Court, said the pair will now be sentenced June 1.

As an employee of the Forest Service, Linda Holmes had access to those boxes, and in March signed a plea agreement, pleading guilty to felony theft. Her husband, a former Gila County Sheriff's deputy, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

In the plea agreement, Linda Holmes pleaded guilty to pocketing more than $17,450 from Tonto National Forest deposit boxes.

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