Former Climate City Brewing manager gets prison

The former manager of Climate City Brewing Co. has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from the restaurant.

Michael B. Held, 37, previously pleaded guilty in Josephine County Circuit Court to six counts of aggravated theft, identity theft and computer crime. On Monday, Judge Pat Wolke sentenced him to 40 months in prison.

Held and assistant manager Angela D. Ward, 36, were arrested in May after an investigation revealed thousands of dollars in losses from sales at the restaurant, which opened in 2015 in a century-old former brewery building in downtown Grants Pass.

Both were fired. According to court records, they were renting a house together in northwest Grants Pass and were originally from the Houston, Texas, area.

Under the terms of his sentence, Held was ordered to pay restitution of $17,857 to Climate City's insurer, plus another $100 to the restaurant itself.

According to court records, Held's attempt to argue for probation instead of prison time was undercut by a larceny conviction in the federal system. He also was fined $1,200 and placed on two years of post-prison supervision.

Ward previously pleaded guilty to a charge of identity theft and was sentenced to 20 days in custody and 80 hours of community service.

She also entered into a diversion agreement with the DA's Office on a charge of first-degree theft. The case will be dismissed in 270 days if she performs community service and attends counseling.

In addition, she was ordered to pay restitution of $5,555 to Climate City's insurer.

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