Minot woman fails to show up for change of plea hearing

A 26-year-old Minot woman accused of stealing from residents at Kalix in 2016 did not appear in court Tuesday for a change of plea hearing.

Sara Beth York is charged with three counts of theft and three counts of unauthorized use of personal identifying information, all Class C felonies.

Last month a judge rejected a plea deal that would have called for York to plead guilty to two theft charges and serve 60 days in jail. Judge Gary Lee said he couldn’t accept the terms of that plea deal “in the interests of justice.”

The state then put York before Judge Richard Hagar for another change of plea hearing on Tuesday. York was not in court for the hearing.

York’s boyfriend, Tre Kyzell Davis, is also charged in the case. He is charged with one Class C felony count of theft of property and one count of Class C felony unauthorized use of personal identifying information.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a Kalix employee reported that staff members discovered missing funds from the accounts of some of the residents.

Davis was seen on security video at Racers in Minot making an unauthorized withdrawal from one account on July 30, 2016. Other unauthorized withdrawals were allegedly made by York at First Western Bank on Aug. 3 and Aug. 6 and at Kohl’s on Aug. 4, 2016.

Kalix serves adults with developmental disabilities.

In a separate case, York is charged with stabbing her sister during an altercation in June. She is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault-domestic violence in district court in Minot.

– Andrea Johnson