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General Sessions: Trial
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A woman accused of shoplifting with her children at Walmart has been bound to the grand jury.
The woman, Melissa Yates, waived her right to a preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on charges of shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Her charges come after Walmart security observed her and a juvenile taking items from the store. They were stopped and the merchandise was recovered. During questioning the children who were with Yates reportedly agreed Yates took them to the store with plans to shoplift.
In other trial action in General Sessions Court:
• Shandra Mejia was ordered to serve 130 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $50 plus costs, perform 25 hours public service work and lose her driver license for one year for driving on a suspended license, violation of probation and failure to appear in court.
• Brittany Holder was issued an 11-29 probationary sentence and must make $35 restitution and perform 25 hours public service work for shoplifting.
• Tisha Burns was bound to the grand jury on charges of forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.
• Chase Groshon was bound to the grand jury on charges of forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Daniel Pendergraph must perform 24 hours public service work for criminal trespass.
• Rhonda Brown must serve five days for violation of probation.
• Gerald Allen was instructed to serve 30 days and have his probation extended by six months for violation of probation.
• Seth Jones must serve 90 days and spend an additional year on probation for violation of probation.
• Lonnie McBride must serve 30 days and spend an additional three months on probation for violation of probation.