The former manager of Yard Birds accused of stealing an estimated $30,000 from his former employer pleaded guilty to felony theft Wednesday.
While a judge can sentence David E. Briscoe to up to 10 years in prison, Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain said prosecutors will recommend a one-year prison sentence.
The 58-year-old Centralia man pleaded guilty as charged to one count of first-degree theft with a special allegation or crime being one of a major economic offense.
The special allegation allows prosecutors to request a sentence outside of the standard range of up to 90 days in jail. It also allows a judge to issue a sentence up to 10 years.
A sentencing date for Briscoe has not been scheduled. He is trying to sell property in the hope making a large restitution payment before sentencing. Briscoe and his defense attorney hope restitution might sway prosecutors to request a shorter prison sentence.
Briscoe, who was responsible for collecting rent money for spaces and storage units at Yard Birds, told police he pocketed several cash transactions over the years.
The investigation began in April after employees at TJ Guyer, a Chehalis-based property management company that collects rent for recreational vehicle spaces, noticed Briscoe was collecting rent money for the spaces and storage units from tenants but not depositing all the money, court documents state.
Tenants at Yard Birds provided receipts to TJ Guyer, written by Briscoe, that showed they paid rent, according to court documents. The rental agency, however, did not have any records of the tenants.