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ATM thief enters into plea agreement

Posted: February 2, 2013 - 5:57pm  |  Updated: February 3, 2013 - 1:09am

A Juneau man has pleaded guilty to using a deceased woman’s debit card to withdraw $600 worth of cash from an ATM this summer.

Thirty-year-old Nicholas A. Samaniego pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors on Monday and is scheduled to be sentenced in Juneau Superior Court on Feb. 11.

Prosecutors say Samaniego withdrew $300 from Sandra Watson’s First Bank account two times in July, but that she was deceased at the time of the withdrawals. Watson was the girlfriend of Samaniego’s father, Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said.

He was indicted on two felony counts of fraudulent use of an access device and one felony count of theft. A plea deal reduced two of the charges to misdemeanor offenses and the remaining charge was dismissed.

The plea deal calls for him to serve a total of six months in prison, plus an additional 10 months in suspended jail time, according to his attorney, Public Defender Timothy Ayer.

Judge Philip Pallenberg will determine whether to accept the plea deal during the sentencing hearing.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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