Judge Sentences 5 Women to Prison in Multi-State Shoplifting Case

Five women from Chicago were each sentenced recently to five years in prison in connection with a shoplifting spree that authorities said stretched from Illinois to Georgia before ending last year with their arrest in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Antoinette Avant, 33; Kimberly Coffer, 45; Casha Jackson, 38; Kanissha Price, 29; and Elena Rios, 25, were arrested last December in Elizabethtown and accused of stealing more than $25,000 of merchandise across several states.

Hardin Circuit Court Judge Kent Howard handed down the same five-year sentence to all five women, who each appeared in court at different dates from late July through early September to hear their punishments.

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The women ended up facing the same three felony charges — engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more and theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting more than $500 but less than $10,000, according to court records.

Howard gave a concurrent sentence of five years in prison for the three charges, which would have otherwise totaled 11 years in prison, according to court records.

The five women were stopped in a van and arrested December 10, 2019, in Elizabethtown after allegedly swiping over $1,500 worth of items from a Kroger on Dolphin Drive in the Central Kentucky city…  Courier Journal

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