Woman sentenced to 1 year in jail for gas station robbery.

December 9, 2014
Sobers, left, with her attorney, Doug Stevenson.

Sobers, left, with her attorney, Doug Stevenson.

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — A 30-year-old Scottville woman who robbed the Scottville Admiral gas station in June, will spend up to a year in jail today. Jaralee Chaloux Sobers, of 412 Thornwhild Dr., Apt. 2, was sentenced by Judge Richard Cooper in 51st Circuit Court this afternoon for the June 17 robbery of the gas station located at the corner of State Street and Reinberg Ave. in Scottville.

Sobers pleaded guilty to the crime in a plea agreement on Nov. 4. She must also pay restitution of $707.

“This particular case, what defendant pleaded guilty of was, no other words, stupid,” said Sobers’ attorney, Doug Stevenson.

Stevenson requested that Sobers, who has a cocaine addiction, be allowed rehabilitation time rather than just jail time. “I am not minimizing this at all, but I would like to remind the court that this, in my mind, is more of a larceny — which is still a serious offense,” Stevenson said.

Sobers told the court that she has had time to reflect on her life since she has been in jail and requested rehabilitation help.

“I do admit I have had a problem with alcohol and cocaine abuse for year,” Sobers said.

Around 2 a.m. on June 17, Sobers said she walked from Thornwild Apartments to the Admiral Gas Station, at the corner of State St. and Reinberg Ave., and then demanded money from the clerk, telling him that she had people waiting outside who would harm him if he called police right away. Sobers said she was wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and gloves.

The clerk gave her $707 from the register and the safe. She then left and walked back to her apartment, where she lived with her 1-year-old son. She said she gave some of the money to a neighbor and she kept the rest.

Two days later, Sobers was arrested by Mason County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Scottville Police Department.

Sobers has a long list of misdemeanors, including a retail fraud second degree offense which she committed while on bond from the robbery offense.

During her plea hearing, Sobers was offered a choice to accept the agreement of 1 year in jail or serve the state guidelines of 15 months to 180 months in prison. She accepted the jail time with 157 days credit for time served.

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