CHARLESTON -- A woman accused of stealing from a Walmart store three times in one week was sentenced to prison when she admitted to two of the thefts.

Judy A. Snyder, 60, for whom court records listed only a Charleston post office box for an address, pleaded guilty to retail theft charges.

Snyder was accused of stealing a bed comforter on Aug. 6, a toy on Aug. 8 and cosmetics on Aug. 11, all from a Walmart store; the store's location wasn't specified in court records.

She pleaded guilty to the charges in connection with the Aug. 6 and 8 thefts and was sentenced to prison for two years. The charge alleging the Aug. 11 theft was dismissed.

The charges were felony offenses because of Snyder's criminal record. That also made her eligible for up to six years in prison, twice the normal maximum, though prison time wasn't required.

As part of the sentence, Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien ordered Snyder to pay restitution and about $600 in fines and court fees.

The judge denied a request to allow her to wait two days to report to jail to await transport to prison.

O'Brien based the sentence on a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Guido and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

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

  • William A. Oden, 51, for whom records list a rural Effingham address, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug in Charleston on May 7.

Oden received the maximum probation term of 2 1/2 years for the conviction that also could have resulted in a two- to 10-year prison sentence.

He was eligible for twice the usual maximum prison term because of an earlier methamphetamine possession conviction.

Probation terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that Oden follow the evaluation's recommendations.

He was also ordered to pay about $2,400 in fines and fees while jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if there are no violations.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

Case records indicate that police found the methamphetamine after stopping Oden for disobeying a stop sign.

He was also placed on probation for methamphetamine possession in January of last year in Effingham County, according to that county's court records.

  • Jason L. Bailey, 42, for whom records list an address of 12730 N. County Road 1400E, Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Dec. 8.

Bailey received the maximum probation sentence of 2 1/2 years. He also faced the possibility of a prison sentence of two to 10 years, up to twice the usual maximum because of a prior delivery of cannabis conviction.

Probation terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, about $2,100 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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