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February 23, 2013
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Shawnee Ryan ordered to pay $53,400 in restitution

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Shawnee Ryan, convicted of stealing an undetermined amount of money and goods from clients of her interior design businesses, has been ordered by a judge to pay back a total of $53,427.26 of the money she is known to have stolen.

In addition, District Judge Denise Lynch has ordered Ryan to pay the cost of trying her case, which came to $13,739.56, according to the court order filed on Friday.

Ryan, 55, a former businesswoman and resident in Garfield County, currently is serving a 12-year prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections women's facility in Denver.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan, who prosecuted Ryan, said on Friday that she expects Ryan will appeal her conviction.

Ryan is represented by the office of the Colorado Public Defender.

According to Lynch's order, the only portion of her restitution that Ryan objected to was more than $6,000 in attorney fees incurred by the Ace Hardware company, of Austin, Texas.

The flooring company, one of seven of Ryan's victims, informed the court that it has spent that much trying to collect $11,000 worth of flooring that Ryan stole, bringing its total for restitution to $17,957.78.

Citing legal precedent, Lynch concluded that it was Ryan's theft of the flooring that caused the company to spend the $6,000 on legal fees, and that the company was due that much in return.

The judge included "post judgment interest in the amount of 12 percent" in her decision.

Because Ryan is in prison, it is not known when or how she will come up with the funds to pay her restitution bill.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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