A 36-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced to 30 months probation after pleading guilty in Marion County Court Wednesday morning to an obstructing justice charge in connection with the death of 13-year-old Jaden Lee Krauss.
Nicole Kirgan admitted in the guilty plea to deleting Ring Door Bell Video from her phone that showed her sons leaving the house on two occasions during the early morning hours the morning in May that Krauss was found with a gunshot wound to the head on the front porch of her home. Centralia Police was later able to obtain the video from Ring Door Bell through a search warrant.
Two other obstructing justice charges claiming Kirgan helped a juvenile son in disposing evidence from two burglaries were dropped along with harassment of a witness charges. Kirgan had been charged in the harassment counts with threatening Allen Boettcher who resided with her and was given immunity for providing Centralia Police evidence in the case.
Judge Marc Kelly said the only reason he was agreeing to a probationary term was Kirgan’s crime was non-violent and she had no prior criminal history. However, Kelly warned Kirgan she was now a convicted felon and with the seriousness of what she was convicted any violation of probationary terms would likely not end in another term of probation.
After State’s Attorney Bill Milner recited the basis for the plea, Kirgan’s attorney Matt Wilzbach commented that while Kirgan admitted to deleting two of the Ring Door Bell videos she did so under the direction of Boettcher.
Kelly indicated during the acceptance of the plea that this option was being taken instead of proceeding to trial due to evidentiary problems on both sides. Milner said after the hearing he was facing witness credibility issues and evidentiary problems that led to the decision to enter the plea.
As part of the plea, Kirgan was given credit for 90 days served in jail since her arrest and to have no contact with Krauss’ mother in person or through social media. Kirgan was also ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, undergo any recommended treatment and be subject to random testing. Kirgan was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond since she was arrested on the harassment charges. She was released after entering the plea agreement on Wednesday.