For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: May 22, 2003

Laura Matkovich Sentenced for Felony Burglary Charges

(Boise) - Laura Matkovich also known as Laura Hamilton will serve 180 days in the Canyon County Jail for conspiracy to commit burglary and to commit grand theft, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Third District Judge Juneal Kerrick suspended a seven year prison sentence and put Matkovich on probation for five years. Judge Kerrick also ordered Matkovich to pay a fine of $2,000.00 and ordered restitution.

On January 10, 2003, Laura Matkovich, 36, of Middleton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and to commit grand theft. Matkovich admitted to conspiring with her husband, Steven Matkovich, to burglarize and steal from two local charitable organizations, The Giving Hand in Nampa and the Salvation Army in Caldwell, as well as several other businesses.

Steven M. Matkovich will serve at least 7 years and up to 14 years in prison for burglary, grand theft and conspiracy to commit burglary and grand theft. Third District Judge Juneal Kerrick also ordered Steven Matkovich to pay restitution and court costs.

A multi-county task force was formed to investigate a series of rooftop burglaries. The task force had representatives from the Caldwell police department, the Canyon County sheriff's office, the Nampa police department, the Weiser police department, the Pocatello police department, the Boise police department, the Idaho State Police, the Idaho Lottery Commission, the Nyssa, Oregon, police department, the Ontario, Oregon, police department, the Baker County, Oregon District Attorney's Office, and the Baker County, Oregon sheriff's office and sheriffs' offices from the counties of Ada, Bannock, Caribou, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls and Washington.

The Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Unit handled the prosecution because it involved burglaries in multiple counties and at least two states. Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Stringfield handled the case.

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