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Squatters avoid jail and felony convictions

The District Attorney's Office doesn't anticipate any further investigation or charges against Matthew Snider.
Marquise Bridgewater

DENVER -The couple that managed to squat in a Highland home for months while trying to steal it with forged deeds won't face any jail time or felony convictions.

As the result of a plea deal with Denver prosecutors, Marquise Bridgewater pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor forgery charge. Six forgery felony charges were dismissed as part of the deal.

"It became clear to the prosecutor that she was not acting alone," said Lynn Kimbrough, spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney's Office. "She was not the one, he felt was really orchestrating these crimes."

Bridgewater's boyfriend, Matthew Snider, was never charged in the case despite being captured on security camera video filing one of the forged deeds at the city clerk's office.

The District Attorney's Office doesn't anticipate any further investigation or charges against Snider.

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"At this point we don't anticipate the ability to charge anybody else," said Kimbrough.

Over the course of 2014, 9Wants to Know aired several reports about Bridgewater's attempt to steal the $400,000 home at 4601 W. 29th.

Deeds filed contained forged signatures, including one signature that traced to a woman who was deceased.

For months the couple managed to stay in the home despite several failed attempts by police to remove them from the property, which is still owned by Bank of America.

The couple was finally evicted from the house last year in December.

According to neighbors, the home still remains in disrepair and continues to sit empty.

(© 2015 KUSA)

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