Xan C. Kali, a former crime-victim counselor, pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges for her part in a burglary case.

The charges stem from incidents on July 1, 2006, in which prosecutors say Kali and four other people broke into a Sandy home, stole a credit card and used it to buy clothing. The five also were accused of trying to smash a safe by dropping it out a second-story window, which damaged a car that was below, and damaging the house.

The vacationing homeowner, alerted by his credit-card company about unusual purchases, called police. The next day, police found Kali and the others inside the house, according to prosecutors.

Kali was originally charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief and property obtained by unlawful conduct, both third-degree felonies. As part of a plea bargain, she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of attempted burglary, attempted criminal mischief and attempt to obtain property from a financial transaction.

Third District Judge Ann Boyden sentenced Kali on the first two charges to serve 360-day jail sentences each to run concurrently, but she suspended both on the condition that Kali successfully complete 36 months probation. On the third charge, the judge agreed to hold the no-contest plea in abeyance for one year as long as she complies with the law.

Boyden said she normally does not impose probation for that length of time but wants to monitor Kali to ensure she does not return to a life of crime. If she does well on probation, Boyden said she will consider early termination of probation after 24 months.

Kali, who worked for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, also was ordered to pay $423 within four months to the court for restitution and complete 70 hours of community service within six months. Boyden said community service will be more meaningful to the defendant than a fine.


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