Friday, January 15, 2010

Career Criminal Nets 8 Years In Prison

A 35-year-old woman was sentenced to prison Thursday after she was convicted of breaking into a neighbor’s North Naples condominium and stealing furnishings over the summer.

Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker sentenced Sherrie Elaine Shaw, 3254 Tamara Lane, #4, to eight years in prison to be followed by seven years of state probation for her conviction on a charge of dwelling burglary in connection with a July 24, 2009, break-in.

A jury found Shaw guilty of the felony charge following a two-day trial Dec. 9. Baker, who presided over the trial, postponed sentencing until Thursday.

Baker adjudicated Shaw guilty as charged and sentenced her as a habitual felony offender.

Deputies say Shaw broke into a neighbor’s condo, stole furnishings and brought them to her condo, which was nearby. A neighbor saw the burglary and contacted CCSO. Deputies responded and took Shaw into custody. She was booked into the Collier County jail and posted $10,000 bond a few days later.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Shaw was arrested after deputies say she was apprehended by store security leaving Kohl’s department store, 6363 Naples Blvd., North Naples, with numerous unpaid items concealed in a shopping bag.

At Thursday’s hearing, Shaw pleaded no contest to a charge of grand theft in connection with the Kohl’s theft. Judge Baker sentenced her to four years in prison to run concurrent with her eight-year sentence on the burglary charge.

Shaw is a documented career criminal with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, investigators said.

On April 23, 2007, Shaw pleaded to grand theft and was sentenced in Collier Circuit Court to one year in county jail followed by fours years of state drug offender probation. In 2008, following her second conviction for violating her state probation, Shaw was sentenced to six months in jail and her probation was terminated.

Shaw also has two prior felony convictions in Tennessee: In 1999, she was convicted of grand theft and in 1997 of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, investigators said.