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Wife of former ski company executive pleads guilty to theft

December 18, 2019 GMT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The wife of a former Colorado ski company executive has pleaded guilty to theft for working with her husband to steal equipment from his company and sell the goods online.

Kerri Johnson, 48, pleaded guilty Monday in district court to class 4 felony theft from Aspen Skiing Co, The Aspen Daily Times reports.

Johnson faces a sentence of probation with open conditions and possible jail time in addition to the $250,000 restitution she shares with her husband, 52-year-old Derek Johnson.

Derek Johnson pleaded guilty last month to class 3 felony theft and faces between four and 12 years in prison.

Derek Johnson co-founded D&E Ski and Snowboard Shops in 1993 before selling the company to Aspen Skiing Co. in 2001, where he remained as the managing director of retail and rental equipment.

Between 2010 and 2018, he took skis and snowboards from the company to a storage unit he and his wife rented, authorities said.

Kerri Johnson oversaw the sale and shipping of the stolen equipment through eBay, authorities said.

Her plea to class 4 theft was a reduction of the charges initially filed against her including class 2 felony theft of more than $1 million, felony burglary, cybercrime, and conspiracy.