Utah man gets probation after pleading guilty to stealing checks from Idaho mailboxes

A Salt Lake City man who pleaded guilty to stealing checks, including one apparently for rent, has been sentenced to felony probation in Idaho. (Jiri Hubatka, Alamy)

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POCATELLO — A Salt Lake City man who pleaded guilty to stealing checks, including one apparently for rent, has been sentenced to felony probation.

Michael Darwin Guidi, 44, received five years of felony probation from Idaho District Judge Rick Carnaroli during a sentencing hearing on January 6 after pleading guilty to two counts.

Two jail terms of two to three years each were suspended, and 120 days of discretionary jail was applied to probation.

Guidi reached a plea deal with the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office in October. Pursuant to this agreement, he pleaded guilty to both counts of grand larceny in exchange for the dismissal of a third grand larceny charge.

An improvement for persistent violators was also rejected as part of the agreement.

Guidi was arrested Sept. 20 after the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office received calls reporting a man was taking items from mailboxes in the Mink Creek area.

Deputies found Guidi and a woman he was with, Rachel Lynn Mccentire, 41, of Springfield, Missouri, driving south on I-15 shortly after.

Among the items found in the couple’s possession were three checks – one for $25, one for $127.62 and a third, with “September rent” written in the note line, for $1,485.

In addition to probation, Guidi was ordered to pay a $1,491 fine.

Mcentire, who reached a similar plea deal, is expected to be sentenced by Carnaroli on February 3.

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