Charges against former Pioneer Museum director reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor


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RIVERTON, Wyoming — Prosecutors have reduced charges against former Pioneer Museum director Carol Thiesse from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors say they didn't have enough evidence to prove the felony charges because they could not determine the value of items taken from the museum. Thiesse pleaded not guilty to the new charges.

According to the Riverton Ranger (, Thiesse now faces one count of larceny by bailee. Prosecutors say she stole property from the museum. The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor is six months in prison and a fine of $750.

The felony charges carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Thiesse's lawyer said the property had no value and that Thiesse did not convert it to her own use.

Information from: The (Riverton, Wyoming) Ranger,

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