Scottville woman sent to jail for stealing jewelry

April 14, 2015
Tonya Sheffield with her attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Tonya Sheffield with her attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 30-year-old Scottville woman was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 14, to serve six months in jail for stealing jewelry from an elderly woman and then pawning it.

Tonya Marie Sheffield, 30, of 2611 W. First St., Scottville, was convicted of larceny in a building and second-offense habitual offender stemming from her Jan. 15 arrest by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheffield was also ordered by Judge Susan Sniegowski to pay $4,817 in restitution.

“I feel violated, and you breached my trust in you,” stated victim Launa Jorgensen during allocution. Among the items Sheffield stole were a 1940s pendant that once belonged to Jorgensen’s mother. “It had a picture of my mom and dad when they were dating. I’m 70 years old now, and it breaks my heart.” Also taken was an antique ring that Jorgenson was given by a friend.

Sheffield, who was free after posting 10 percent of a $7,500 bond, was sentenced to one year discretionary jail with six months up front, with credit for eight days served, and two years probation.


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