Two women have received a reduced sentence for this summer’s burglary of Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
Emily E. Huntzicker, 23, and Rachel A. Kamiya, 28, each pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree theft, which are gross misdemeanors.
Each woman was sentenced to 20 days of work release and two years of probation Monday at Thurston County Superior Court. They will also be allowed to serve their sentences in any jurisdiction. The women, who had no prior criminal history, initially faced felony burglary charges and up to one year in jail.
The women admitted to stealing several items June 15 after climbing into the governor’s office through a second-floor window. Among the items stolen were a trooper’s campaign hat, a bottle of Beast wine, two necklaces, a tribal blanket, a mask made of animal fur and a framed photo of Inslee with Magic Johnson.
The break-in was captured on surveillance video. Huntzicker was arrested eight days later after a state trooper stopped her for speeding on Interstate 5. She admitted to taking the items from the governor’s office and identified Kamiya as the other suspect, according to documents.
All items were returned, and no request was made for restitution.
“I want to apologize to the governor for what I’ve done. This is the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” said Huntzicker, of Beaverton, Oregon, at her hearing Monday. “I don’t know why I did what I did.”
Kamiya expressed similar remorse during her hearing.
“I don’t know that just saying sorry completely covers it,” said Kamiya, of Seattle.
When issuing the sentences Monday, Judge James Dixon said the defendants have good things ahead.
“This is a case that has garnered attention because of the sensation of it all,” said Dixon, who noted that burglary is more than just a property crime, especially for victims who suffer mental trauma as a result. “A burglary is a crime against a person.”