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March 27, 2014
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Woman gets probation for $12,000 theft

A Roseburg woman who stole her father’s business credit card and charged $12,141 on it was sentenced today in Douglas County Circuit Court to two years on probation and 20 days on a work crew.

Brandi Nicole Evers, 20, used the card along with her then-boyfriend, Michael Patrick Murphy, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said.

Evers pleaded no contest to aggravated first-degree theft on Jan. 9.

Her father, George Evers, noticed suspicious charges on the missing card and called police, Sullivan said.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies investigated and arrested Evers and Murphy, 24, of Roseburg, on May 30. She spent one night in jail.

Murphy pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree theft Nov. 15. He is scheduled for a two-day trial starting June 17.

Her parents, who attended the sentencing, thought the felony conviction was too harsh.

“Prior to this relationship and this drug addiction, Brandi was a scholar student,” her father, George Evers, said.

Brandi Evers said she and Murphy were using heroin around the time of the theft.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Greenwood lauded Evers for being up-front with deputies. Evers has since broken up with Murphy, he said.

“I give her credit for realizing the basis of her mistake and wanting to get out of the situation she is in,” he said. “She realized continuing a relationship with him was only going to hold her back.”

Evers sought treatment for drug addiction.

“I’m doing well now,” she said. “It was a huge mistake.”

Her mother, Cheryl Evers, agreed with the work crew and probation sentence after the hearing.

“She’s the one that said she needs help. I am disappointed about the felony,” she said. “Disappointed, but I understand.”

The felony on her record will make it challenging for her daughter to get a job and pay the restitution, she said.

Simmons said she had to consider the amount of money stolen in her sentencing.

“Twelve thousand dollars is a lot. I have to take into account that hard-working people may not be able to earn that in four to six months,” she said. “One month doesn’t solve an addiction. It’s going to take a lot more than that.”

George Evers said his daughter has improved through the inpatient treatment.

“She has her goals back and her dreams,” he said. “Her growth in this past month has been excellent. She is really on the right track.”

• You can reach reporter Betsy Swanback at 541-957-4208 or bswanback@nrtoday.com.

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