CHARLESTON -- A woman received jail time as part of her sentence for stealing guns and a safe from a rural Oakland residence last year.

Kelsey R. Thomason, 26, whose most recent address on record is in rural Brocton, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge that accused her of entering the home with plans to steal sometime in March 2016.

With the agreement in her case, Thomason was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years and a residential burglary charge that would have required a four- to 14-year prison sentence was dismissed.

Probation terms included about three months in jail and Thomason was ordered to report for the jail time on Monday. More jail time was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve it if she follows her sentence's other requirements.

Thomason was also ordered to be evaluated for substance abuse treatment and other counseling and to follow the evaluation's recommendations.

No restitution was ordered because the burglarized residence's owner never provided an amount for the loss and some of the stolen items were recovered, according to Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales, who prosecuted.

Case records also show that Thomason told police that another person participated in the burglary, which took place while the resident was in the hospital. Scales said there was no evidence to support her claim of another taking part in the burglary, however.

Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Thomason by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Scales and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

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

  • Hannah M. McCaffrey, 21, whose address on record is an apartment at 2500 Nantucket, Charleston, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

McCaffrey was accused of having a painkiller medication without a prescription on Oct. 24. Case records say police found it while investigating a report of a battery that she witnessed at the apartment building.

McCaffrey was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully. An obstructing justice charge alleging she lied to police about her identity was dismissed.

Probation terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, payment of about $1,700 in fines and court fees and stayed jail time. O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

  • Daniel C. Barrett Jr., 37, for whom records list addresses of an apartment at 319 Third St., Charleston, and in Paris, to a theft charge alleging he stole merchandise from the Charleston Walmart on Aug. 14, 2016.

The charge was a felony because of a prior conviction in Florida and Barrett was placed on probation for two years. Terms included $210 in restitution, about $500 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

Bower and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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