GREG LOWER

The defendant in a criminal trial Friday reportedly walked away while the jury was deliberating.

The jury found Amber Jordan guilty of felony aggravated burglary and felony theft shortly before noon Friday, after less than 90 minutes of deliberation. County Attorney Linus Thuston said that Jordan left from the Chanute judicial center during a cigarette break while the jury was deliberating.

The jury found Jordan not guilty of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

Jordan’s residence was listed in Chanute in the case filing, but she has also been listed as a Miami, Okla., resident, and she testified in the trial that she was homeless.

Jordan and a co-defendent, Ashley Houk, Moran, were charged with breaking into a property on Jan. 23, 2018, at 1101 S. Highland, owned by Jonathan Horner. Property from the house was recovered from a vehicle at the scene.

Thuston said the initial charges against Jordan carried a presumed sentence of probation, so no bond was set in the break-in case. Jordan might face bond issues from other drug-related charges that are still pending.

Any new charges stemming from Jordan leaving the courthouse are sealed, and it is illegal to reveal the existence of an arrest warrant before it is served, Thuston said.

The charges from the break-in were amended early this month, and Jordan faces the possibility of probation, with an underlying sentence of 38 to 172 months in prison after the jury’s verdict. Houk pleaded no contest to other earlier charges and is in prison. Charges from the Horner burglary were dismissed.

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