- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The ex-fiancee of a deputy U.S. marshal gunned down during a 2011 house raid faces up to 40 years in federal prison after admitting in court Wednesday that she drained thousands of dollars in proceeds from a charity event held in his honor.

Pamela Robtoy, 55, of Belleville pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to felony counts of mail and wire fraud. Sentencing is set for Aug. 28.

Her late husband, John Perry, was a 48-year-old father of three and a fugitive task force’s team leader in March 2011 when he was fatally shot in the head while helping serve a warrant at the St. Louis, Missouri, home of former convict Carlos Boles. Boles died in a shootout after shooting Perry and wounding two other law enforcers.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton spoke at Perry’s funeral.

An indictment returned in August of last year accused Robtoy of stealing funds from a 2013 third-annual John Perry Golf Benefit Tournament, from which proceeds were to go to the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund and BackStoppers Inc. - charities that offer financial support to families of marshals, police, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians killed on the job.

According to the indictment, Robtoy headed the collection of funds for the yearly charity golf tournament, with registration fees sent to her home. Between July 2013 and May 2014, the indictment alleged, Robtoy transferred funds from the charity event into her personal account - one of the transactions was roughly $2,000 - and used it to buy clothing.

Court records filed Wednesday put the total amount of stolen funds at more than $18,000..

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