Two guilty in theft case |

Two guilty in theft case

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A Salt Lake County woman has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary, which is a third-degree felony.

Salt Lake County resident Emily K. Houtz, 32, was ordered to serve 53 days in jail, complete 150 hours of community service and pay restitution. She was also originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception, which were dismissed.

Houtz was sentenced May 24 after pleading guilty in April.

She and co-defendant Michael C. Shields, 29, of Salt Lake County, were accused of burglarizing a home in Francis. Authorities also blamed the pair in March for stealing beer and snacks from a store in Kamas.

Deputies began looking for the suspects on the East Side of Summit County when they received reports from officers in the Cottonwood Heights area that they could possibly be in Kamas in a Chrysler PT Cruiser, Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ron Bridge said at the time of the arrests. As the information came in from Cottonwood Heights, deputies in Summit County were responding to a report of a burglary at a house in Francis. Houtz and Shields were taken into custody in the South Summit area a few minutes later.

Shields pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary, a third-degree felony. A judge ordered him to serve 90 days in jail and pay restitution. He was originally charged with a second-degree felony.

The defendants were also ordered by the court not to have contact with each other. People who are guilty of third-degree felonies in Utah could be ordered to serve up to five years in prison.