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Man pleads guilty to stealing Miss Washington’s crown and sash from car in Edgewood

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2012 at 10:18 am |
August 2, 2012 10:22 am

A 32-year-old Renton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing Miss Washington’s car and possessions earlier this year, including her crown and sash.

Jayson Broderson-Matthai was sentenced to 43 months in prison after pleading guilty to 11 counts of identity theft, one count of taking a motor vehicle without permission and one count of possession of stolen property.

The stolen pageant items remain missing.

“I’m not sure why anyone who is not Miss Washington would want Miss Washington’s regalia but there’s some pretender out there with a sash and crown,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Broderson-Matthai took the items Feb. 28 after stealing Brittney Henry’s SUV from her Edgewood driveway.

Henry was named Miss Washington last year and said she had left multiple pageant items in her car because she had an early morning planned the next day.

The SUV was found abandoned behind a motel in Puyallup, but missing were her crown, two sashes, four pageant-style gowns, high heels, an iPad, three credit cards and a checkbook.

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