Diercks gets probation for role in Muhlhausen burglary
Nineteen months after it occurred, the final defendant in the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen's house pled guilty to crimes associated with the case.
Aaron Diercks, 20, pled guilty Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of receiving stolen property, resisting/obstructing an officer and party to a crime. He was placed on probation for two years, along with paying court costs and restitution, which was stated to be $4,050.
Diercks, along with Cody Muhlhausen (Everett's son), Randy and Nick Ingli and T.J. Degroat were all charged with one count of burglary, a Class F felony, stemming from the April 5, 2006, incident. The other four pled guilty to the burglary charge; Diercks, meanwhile, was acquitted in a jury trial this past January.
The acquittal led Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle to charge him with six misdemeanors --- three counts of criminal damage to property, resisting/obstructing an officer and two counts of receiving stolen property. (The other three charges were dismissed.)
"The State felt there were misdemeanor offenses that he was accountable for," O'Boyle said.
Diercks' role that day, as stated during the jury trial, was kicking both the back entrance door and the door to gain access to the basement. In addition, Diercks, along with Randy Ingli, carried a gun safe out of the house.
"Mr. Diercks had no prior knowledge of intent to steal anything when he got there," said his attorney Francis Rivard, which was a key factor during his jury trial. He did state that Diercks made mistakes that day and the plea deal is him acknowledging that.
Diercks was given no jail time due to a couple points. One being this was his first criminal offense and two is his employment, as he works full-time in Minnesota.
"Out of the five, he's probably doing the best in terms of employment," O'Boyle said.