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1/3/2014 6:02:00 AM
Theft sentence to span nine years for Kingman man
Guilt came as a shock to man's friends
Stephen Bopray
Stephen Bopray
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - There were tears on both sides of the courtroom during Thursday's sentencing of Stephen Bopray, 50, for the theft of nearly $100,000 worth of items from a long-time family friend's home.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison for burglary and theft in connection with the burglary of a home in the 3300 block of Pasadena Avenue on Jan. 6, 2012, and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle from two incidents that happened in April and June of 2012 and were not connected with the burglary.

Theft charges against Bopray's wife, Jacklyn, and his daughter, Ciara, were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Mitzy Nolte was the only victim of Stephen Bopray's actions who spoke at the hearing. She said the theft of items from her home came as a shock.

"My kids grew up with the Boprays. We did take vacations to Disneyland together," she said, her voice choking with emotion. "We became a family. We would always encourage them and give them anything they needed and they did the same for us."

When her home was burglarized on Jan. 6, 2012, it never crossed her mind that Stephen Bopray might be involved, Nolte said.

According to Kingman Police, Stephen Bopray, Jacklyn Bopray, Shawn Andrews and a 17-year-old minor were arrested for the burglary of a home in the 3300 block of Pasadena Avenue in July 2012 after police traced several stolen computers from a pawnshop to the suspects.

According to court documents, Stephen Bopray allegedly sat in the car while Andrews and another person entered the home and took the items.

"When the police told me he did it, I couldn't believe it," Nolte said. "He worked for another eight months (after the burglary) at my home. He even told me that if the police ever caught the guys, he'd bury them in the desert. That man, who was a part of my family, taunted us for nearly two years.

"The only reason why we agreed to the plea agreement was because of Jacky," Nolte said.

Christian Ackerley, Stephen Bopray's attorney, told the court that Jacklyn Bopray was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

"Stephen, we've forgiven you, but it's really hard to forget the pain," Nolte said, wiping tears from her eyes.

Stephen Bopray's family pleaded with Mohave County Superior Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle for leniency.

His daughter Nicole Shafter spoke first.

"He's a good person. He just got involved with the wrong people. He's always been willing to drop whatever he's been doing to help take care of his family," she said. "My mom is very sick. She needs him to take care of her."

Beatrice McKinney, Bopray's mother-in-law, called him "a great provider for the entire family, his kids and his grandkids."

"We've been married 22 years," added Jacklyn Bopray. "He's always taken care of me and the kids and now his grandkids. He's a good person."

Bopray declined an offer from Carlisle to make a comment during his sentencing.

Ackerley, who represented Stephen Bopray by phone after a snafu with his calendar placed him out-of-town on the date of the hearing, asked Carlisle to sentence him to the minimum number of years allowable by the plea agreement.

"His wife has significant health issues and he needs to be there for his family," Ackerley said. "He does have an old felony record, but those were 10 years ago. He also has community support and he's taken responsibility for his actions."

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote asked for Stephen Bopray to be sentenced to the full nine and a half years in the agreement.

"Compared to his co-defendants, he's not a young man. He should have known better," Cote said. "Those two previous felony convictions are not that old and they're not completely unrelated. He was the ringleader. This was his idea. He's the one responsible."

Stephen Bopray's previous convictions were for burglary and a probation violation.

"If he's willing to steal from his best friends, he's willing to do it to anyone and he's willing to do it again," Cote said.

Carlisle said he would consider the family and community support Stephen Bopray had and the situation with Jacklyn Bopray's health, but he would also consider the effects of his actions on his victims and his previous criminal record.

"I have to consider the impact this has had on Ms. Nolte," Carlisle said. "Whenever you have a burglary like this happen, there's going to be some loss of a sense of security for the victims and that loss may never be replaced. But it's worse when you know the person who did it and you've done things, like taking vacations, previously together and now that trust has been betrayed."

Carlisle then sentenced Stephen Bopray to the presumptive sentence of three and a half years for the burglary and theft of items from Nolte's house with 141 days credit for time served in the county jail.

He sentenced Stephen Bopray to another presumptive sentence of two and a half years for the theft of one of the vehicles in April 2012 and another three years for the theft of an all-terrain vehicle in June 2012.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Article comment by: Good person

Ok..How does the term good person and he sent his 16 yr old daughter and her friend into the home while he sat in the vehicle.

I thought good persons did things like. Not include their own children in felony acts. Not include a gullible friend into the same act. and best of all...Never consider putting any child in harms way or danger because your a criminal

Good Person...if you say so.

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: John Whiskey Tango

Well.. Since he sent his 16-year-old daughter and her boyfriend in the house while he was the getaway driver, I guess he was " involved with the wrong people"! HELLOOOO... knock knock knock....McFly...is anybody home?

J. Whiskey tango foxtrot

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by:

He seems to have been a "good provider" for his family and grandchildren through bogus means. Stealing from others to enhance his own lifestyle does not make him a "good provider" or a nice person. He deserves to spend every single minute of those nine years in prison and, I hope he has been told to pay back the money for the valuables he took- especially from "friends" .

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: R .

"He's a good person. He just got involved with the wrong people."

Of course, that's ALWAYS the story...it's always somebody elses fault for dragging the poor little criminal down! Considering that he was this woman's family "friend" for all those years, the truth seems that he was the one who set up the theft and therefore, HE was the "wrong people" that dragged other people down. Whatever, enjoy your 9 years for betraying the trust of somebody who once trusted you.
When you get out, it's likely your wife will be gone and your true friends, like this woman, will want nothing to do with you and only the dregs of society will be willing to deal with you so they can ultimately rip you off.

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014

Here is to all the people that summited comments on the previous article like “HE DID NOT DO IT!" or "ALL THE FACTS ARE NOT IN YET!" or the best one…”IT WAS A SET-UP!”.....To you all I say….."WELL WELL WELL!" LOL! I guess all the facts are out and yes....They are Guilty! Yes…THEY! They are the worst of the worst! 2 faced so-called friends! He is a 3 time loser and they should give him free room and board for the rest of his life…………IN JAIL!

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