Helmick prosecution tops $25,000

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office has asked a judge to order convicted murderer Miriam Helmick to pay a slew of costs topping $25,500 related to her case.

In a recent filing, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle asked Judge Valerie Robison to order total payments of $25,501, which covers the cost of bringing Helmick to trial, her extradition from Florida and payments to the state’s victim-compensation fund.

Tuttle said the family and estate of murder victim Alan Helmick have not asked for restitution.

Mesa County’s 21st Judicial District receives thousands of dollars in court- ordered payments each year from incarcerated inmates, Tuttle said.

“We have a serious expectation that she will pay some money toward these costs,” he said.

According to a report offered by state prison officials to Colorado lawmakers, prison inmate pay in 2008 was 60 cents per day for full-time jobs, a rate which was slashed because of budget cuts from a maximum of $2.50 per day in 2002. The money is held in accounts by state prison officials.

Miriam Helmick, 52, was convicted by a jury Dec. 8 on multiple counts in the June 10, 2008, shooting death of her husband, Alan, at the couple’s former Whitewater home.

Miriam Helmick was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 108 years.

She is housed at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.


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