As previously reported, Gert Boyle, the 87-year-old chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, was attacked last November by three thieves who blocked her in her bedroom, tying her hands behind her back and stuffing her mouth with a necktie, although she managed to prevent the burglary by setting off an alarm. One of the suspects in the case, 42-year-old Ramone Midence, agreed last month to plead guilty just as the trial against him was about to begin. He is now in prison; facing a sentence of nine and a half years. Similar sentences have been handed out against his two accomplices – Nestor Gabriel Caballero, 40, and José Luis Zrevalo, 47.