(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Stillwater woman accused of stealing $2,249 worth of furniture from an apartment provided by the Mission of Hope has asked for a preliminary hearing on a charge of grand larceny, a felony on which she remains free on a personal recognizance bond.
    Although Journey Ann Marie McGee, 26, had waived her right to such a hearing three months ago, she was allowed by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler on Dec. 19 to appear before Special District Judge Katherine Thomas, who set her hearing for Jan. 31.
    If convicted, McGee could be given as much as a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine in the case in which the Mission of Hope is seeking $2,132 in restitution, since some of the property was found, court records show.
    Stillwater Police Officer Kurt Merrill was advised on June 29, 2018, that McGee had removed furniture from an apartment provided by the Mission of Hope, an affidavit alleged.
    “Upon termination of the defendant’s habitation of the apartment, she absconded with the furnishings of the apartment for a total loss of $2,249.65,” the officer’s affidavit alleged.
    When the officer contacted McGee on Aug. 10, 2018, at another apartment where she said she resides, “in the front yard were an assortment of furniture and other personal items,” the affidavit alleged.
    “During my discussion with the defendant she admitted to taking the furniture and other items from the apartment that belonged to the Mission of Hope,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
    A Mission of Hope representative “responded to the scene and identified two dressers, a round dining table, a coffee table, and a sofa and love seat set,” the affidavit alleged. McGee was then arrested, the affidavit said.