December 2, 1999
Guilty Plea on Ramsey Information
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- A woman who along with her husband was accused of providing confidential information about the JonBenet Ramsey investigation to a tabloid has pleaded guilty to racketeering.
Under a plea agreement reached Wednesday, Regana Rapp, 29, received a two-year deferred sentence, and 50 hours of community service.
Mrs. Rapp and her husband, James J. Rapp, 39, were indicted in June on two counts each of racketeering for using deceptive practices to obtain phone records, credit card bills and bank records for supermarket weeklies.
An arraignment for Mr. Rapp was postponed until Monday to allow time to work out details of a separate plea bargain, court officials said.
Prosecutors said the Rapps worked as private investigators under company names including ``Dirty Deeds Done Cheap'' and ``Phantom Investigations.''
The criminal case against the Rapps is unrelated to a civil lawsuit the Ramseys filed Tuesday against the Star, claiming the tabloid libeled their son, Burke, by falsely naming him as a suspect in JonBenet's murder. The tabloid later published a retraction.
JonBenet was found beaten and strangled Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of the family's home in Boulder. No one has been indicted, but the investigation continues.
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