A woman who stole a van from a Wilson driveway in September 2019 was sentenced to probation Tuesday morning in Teton County District Court.
Kaylee Graveley, 21, of Bozeman, Montana, will have the chance to get the felony theft charge taken off her record if she successfully completes three years of supervised probation.
“I have improved rapidly,” Graveley told Judge Timothy Day. “I am working two jobs now and looking at college applications.”
Graveley said she has a mental health disorder, and now that she is on medication and seeing a therapist, her lifestyle and decision-making have improved.
“I’ve been on a good track with my mental health,” Graveley said.
Her attorney, Elisabeth Trefonas, said Graveley will succeed on probation.
“Good people sometimes find themselves in a hard place,” Trefonas said.
Teton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan said the state is in support of Graveley’s probation.
“It’s a serious felony, but the defendant appears to be a good person who just needs the help and structure to get her life on track,” Allan said in court. “We are supportive of her being successful in this and hope things work out well.”
Graveley was driving through Wilson last fall when she saw a Mitsubishi Delica that she wanted, so she parked her Honda and took the van, according to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
She then drove the van to Big Sky, Montana. There she was pulled over for having a busted headlight, and the police noticed the van had been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.
Allan said the owner of the van Graveley stole does not seek further punishment.
“The victim just wanted the system to step in and help with providing some structure to help the defendant move forward,” he said.
Part of Graveley’s terms of probation are to continue therapy and recommended medications.