- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A man and woman who spent months squatting in a bank-owned home in Prescott that was once listed for sale at $900,000 have accepted plea agreements.

The Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/29TuDWr ) that Randall Skates and Jennifer Skates will be sentenced to between 2.5 and 7.5 years in prison after accepting plea agreements on Wednesday. They were charged with forgery, theft, and criminal damage.

The couple appears to hold beliefs associated with the Sovereign Citizens Movement. Police say the couple believed the unoccupied house was theirs because banks are not people and have no right to own property.

Randall and Jennifer Skates were screened by doctors for mental competency. On Wednesday, before the agreement was reached, a judge ruled that they were competent.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.


Information from: The Daily Courier, https://www.dcourier.com

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