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Ex-girlfriend changes plea for breaking into Kirkland man's home, planting spyware

A Victor, Mont. woman has changed her plea to guilty for breaking into a Kirkland man's house and attempting to install spyware on his computer.

Brenda Kay Jurgens, 57, will now face sentencing for first degree criminal trespass and second degree computer trespass as a part of a plea bargain. Jurgens has been recommended for a sentence of 364 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended. She originally plead not guilty in May.

According to the court documents, Jurgens broke into her ex-boyfriend's Kirkland home in the 3100 block of 8th Ave. W on April 30 while he was out of town.

The victim's adult son was checking his father's residence at around 9 p.m. when he allegedly saw Jurgens inside and called the police. When the police arrived, they found Jurgens on the victim's computer. When questioned, she claimed she heard the victim had been arrested in Montana and was checking on the dog. She also claimed to have entered the house using a garage door opener in her vehicle. When the police asked what she was doing at the computer, Jurgens allegedly said, "Looking to see what was up on email," the documents continue.

After she was advised of her rights, Jurgens allegedly admitted she was in the process of installing a spyware software on the victim's computer and produced a five-page document of screenshots on how to install spyware that could not be detected. Jurgens had moved out of the victim's house in January and also filed a temporary protection order against him out of the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office in Hamilton, Mont., according to court documents.

Jurgens faced a full year in jail and a $50,000 fine if convicted on the charges she plead not guilty. She will be sentenced on Aug. 22.

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