Tami Sawyer Back in Bend Court; Plea Delayed

State Plea in January; Federal Trial in April

POSTED: 10:57 AM PDT October 18, 2011    UPDATED: 10:59 AM PDT October 18, 2011 
BEND, Ore. -

Tami Sawyer, the former Bend real estate broker facing federal and state charges, was back before a Bend judge Monday, but only for a minute, as there was another delay in her plea entry on state charges of aggravated theft and criminal misconduct.

Sawyer is accused of selling Thomas Middleton's home and pocketing the proceeds that were supposed to go to his sons. Sawyer and husband Kevin, then a Bend police lieutenant, were the late Bend man's trustees.

Sawyer will now wait until Jan. 9 to enter a plea on those charges.

Just last week, a court scheduling issue pushed back the Sawyers' federal trial on fraud and money-laundering charges from December to April. They are accused of bilking investors out of $4.4 million.

A state prosecutor, Andrew Campbell, told Deschutes County Circuit Judge Alta Brady he and defense lawyer Marc Blackman expect some evidence in the state criminal case would overlap with the federal case, so she agreed to delay the plea hearing so the state case doesn't get in the way of the federal one.