By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — A Colfax woman whose house was the target of an arson last May has pleaded guilty to three felony drug and bail jumping charges in Dunn County while eight other felonies and three misdemeanors were dismissed.
Katie E. Bundy, 36, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court for a plea hearing January 26.
All together, Bundy has been charged with 43 drug or bail jumping felonies in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.
Judge Rod Smeltzer accepted Bundy’s guilty pleas for the felony charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine.
Judge Smeltzer dismissed charges of one felony count of misappropriating an identification to obtain money, six felony charges of bail jumping, and one felony count of possessing narcotics.
In addition, Judge Smeltzer dismissed five misdemeanor charges: two counts of retail theft, two counts of possessing marijuana and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Bundy also is charged with ten other felonies in Dunn County: possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine; and eight felony bail jumping charges.
A 30-minute preliminary hearing is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court on March 3 for the ten latest felony charges.
Bail in Dunn County for the ten felonies was set at $3,000 cash on January 14.
Bundy was in custody at the time of the January 26 hearing, and her attorney, T. Gregory Amann, requested that the bail be reduced because Bundy said she wanted to get into treatment, to do testing and to visit her children.
Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf argued against reducing the bail amount.
Amann said he believes Bundy is motivated.
Judge Smeltzer denied the request to reduce the $3,000 cash bail.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court April 6 on the three felonies for which Bundy pleaded guilty.
During the January 26 court hearing, Judge Smeltzer ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Forty-four year-old Beth Mittelstadt is accused of setting fire to Bundy’s house at 511 East Third Avenue in Colfax last May.
According to Dunn County Sheriff’s Department investigators, Mittelstadt said she was at Bundy’s house on Third Avenue that evening in May of 2014 to buy methamphetamine from Bundy but denied having anything to do with setting the fire.
In Eau Claire County, Bundy is charged with 16 felonies: delivery of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs, identity theft for financial gain, and 13 felony counts of bail jumping.
Misdemeanor charges in Eau Claire County against Bundy include retail theft, obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and obtaining prescription drugs with a false order.
A court hearing on the Eau Claire County cases is scheduled for February 4.
In Chippewa County, Bundy is charged with five felonies: obtaining a controlled substance by fraud; misappropriating ID information to obtain money; forgery; cashing a forged check; and bail jumping.
A February 24 court hearing has been set in Chippewa County.