Carrboro farmer Marilyn Kille was found guilty this morning of common law forgery for altering the plans for her barn to include an accessory apartment.
Orange County District Court Judge Joe Buckner sentenced Kille to a 15-day suspended sentence, a year of unsupervised probation and a total of $475 in fines and court costs. Assistant District Attorney of Jeff Nieman requested a mental evaluation of Kille, but the judge did not order it.
Last year Kille lost a legal case to the town of Carrboro that found the accessory apartment was illegal.
Today Buckner found that Kille on an April 9 visit to Carrboro Town Hall wrote the words "workshop future apartment" onto a copy of the plan for her barn. Accessory apartments are prohibited in the University lake watershed where Kille's farm is located is located.
Kille confessed on the stand that she had written the word "workshop" but denied that she wrote the words "future apartment."