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Mom takes daughter on shoplifting spree
Tammy Star Murphy
A mother who used her teen daughter as the get-away driver for her most recent shoplifting spree will serve a month in jail.The woman, Tammy Star Murphy, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of criminal trespass, theft, and contributing to the delinquency of a child. She was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, perform 16 hours public service work, make restitution, undergo a mental health assessment, and must stay out of Walmart.Lawmen say Murphy is a repeat offender when it comes to stealing and has been banned from Walmarts for past crimes. The banning did not dissuade her from again entering Walmart, this time at the McMinnville store where she was seen shoplifting.Her 17-year-old daughter was pulled over after lawmen were given a description of the suspect vehicle which had left Walmart.“I informed Ms. Murphy of why I had stopped her and I was aware of what she had done,” said Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, noting he also let her know he knew about her prior record of thefts.