CHARLESTON -- A theft from the Charleston Rural King store resulted in a longest probation term possible for the woman accused.

Pamela M. Doty, 27, whose most recent address listed in court records is in Paris, formerly of Charleston, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in connection with the Sept. 16, 2016, theft.

Doty was charged with burglary, which accused her of entering the store with plans to steal, and with the agreement in her case she was placed on probation for four years.

The conviction could also have resulted in a prison sentence of three to seven years.

The prosecution also agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence Doty received for an earlier conviction so she won't be subject to re-sentencing in that case.

Probation terms included payment of about $41 in restitution to Rural King and an evaluation for substance abuse treatment, after which Doty will be required to follow its recommendations.

Jail time was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve it now but some or all of it could be imposed later as a sanction in case she violates any of her probation requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Doty based on the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews recommended.

Doty will also remain on probation in the earlier case, a drug offense for which she received a two-year probation sentence in February of last year.

In other cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Jeremy S. Roberts, 27, who listed an address of "homeless" in Terre Haute, Ind., in court records, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug in Oakland on July 5.

Roberts was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, which means he won't have a record of a conviction if he completes it successfully.

Terms included a treatment evaluation, about $1,600 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. State's Attorney Brian Bower and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended the plea agreement.

A co-defendant, Sean P. Gross, 25, who has a Martinsville address on record, received a 2 1/2-year probation sentence when he pleaded guilty in July.

The two men were found with methamphetamine when their vehicle was stopped based on a report to police, case records say.

  • Otis G. Thomas, 25, whose address on record is 611 Monroe Ave., Apt. 3, Charleston, to a trespassing charge alleging he entered a residence on Ninth Street in Charleston on Aug. 26.

The charge was a felony because it alleged that there were other people at the residence at the time and Thomas was placed on probation for two years. Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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