Woman Sentenced for Stealing Vehicles in Douglas Co.

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AVA, Mo. – A woman from Thornfield is sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges during a pre-trial hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Back in March, authorities say 26-year-old Courtney Jean Smith stole two vehicles and set one of them on fire.

Officers caught up with Smith after she used a credit card belonging to the owner of one of the stolen vehicles and attempted to steal merchandise from a Springfield Walmart.

Prior to her arrest, sheriff’s deputies were investigating the theft of a vehicle out of Ava, which was found burned near the end of Route Y, close to where the second vehicle was stolen.

According to court records, Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, netting concurrent seven-year sentences; one count of fraudulent use of a credit device, netting a consecutive three-year sentence; and one count of first-degree property damage, netting another three-year term that runs concurrent to the other one, for a total of 10 years in prison.

Smith is also ordered to pay restitution of more than 4-thousand 600 dollars.

In addition to these charges, Smith along with two other female inmates, 36-year-old Amanda Wade of Ava and 24-year-old Erin Nichols of Ava, were indicted for setting fire to the Douglas County Jail, prompting an evacuation on July 15th.

(Sam Clanton, Hometowndailynews.com)

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