Nicholas McKibben
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A Denver man accused of stealing handguns, badges and computer equipment from the home of a Boulder County sheriff's deputy whom he was in a relationship with pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary earlier this month.

Nicholas McKibben, 24, was originally scheduled to begin trial today on two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of theft. He instead pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary in exchange for prosecutors dropping the other two charges.

According to court documents, police suspected McKibben broke into the home of a Boulder deputy in the 2000 block of Rock Creek Circle in Superior.

According to a search-warrant affidavit, sometime between 7:20 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2:30 a.m. Dec. 7, someone entered the deputy's home and took guns, badges and other belongings. During that time, the deputy and McKibben were scheduled to meet at the X-Bar -- which advertises itself as a gay bar -- in Denver at 10 p.m. along with other Boulder County deputies and dispatchers.

McKibben showed up to the bar at 11:30 p.m., according to the affidavit, and said he was late because his tires had been slashed while he was leaving Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he was a student.

In January, the deputy saw a picture on Facebook of McKibben holding a rare bottle of wine that had been stolen from his home in the burglary, according to the affidavit.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for McKibben's home and found several items believed to be missing from the homes of both deputies, as well as from several other burglaries across the Front Range.

McKibben is due for sentencing on Jan. 18. He could face four to 12 years for the second-degree burglary charge -- a Class 3 felony.