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Wife of convicted Santa Rosa Junior College cop faces trial

The wife of a former Santa Rosa Junior College police officer who was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campus parking meter funds faces trial this fall on her own charges.

Karen Holzworth, 50, is set to go to trial Oct. 24 on felony counts of being an accessory to her husband's crimes and receiving stolen property. She also faces and a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

Police say Karen Holzworth admitted knowing the money was stolen in a phone call to her husband in jail that was recorded by detectives. But her lawyer questioned the meaning of the conversation and argued that she made tips from bingo and won money gambling.

Jeffrey Holzworth, a 28-year law enforcement veteran who oversaw the campus parking meter program, was sentenced to four years in prison in May after pleading guilty to one count of grand theft and 11 counts of receiving stolen property in a deal that limited his prison term to a maximum of four years.

Campus officials said his thefts exceeded the $286,000 they could document through bank records over an 18-month period. He was arrested in 2012 after a fellow officer reported seeing stacks of small bills and coins in his car.

Since the thefts, the campus has adopted new procedures for collecting parking machine cash and has purchased new, more secure machines.

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