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Stewart avoids jail time
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A woman who sold a friend’s car for scrap while he was in jail will avoid going to jail herself after entering a best-interest plea to theft charges.The woman, Jessie K. Stewart, 25, was granted a two-year judicial diversion for felony theft. She will also be required to make $1,000 restitution and perform 50 hours public service. The diversion means her criminal record will be erased if she successfully completes her probationary period.Her probation comes after she was entrusted to take care of a 1990 Honda Accord jointly owned by Crystal Parton and Jean Luc Keller.“He (Keller) let Jessie Stewart keep the car while he was in Warren County Jail,” said McMinnville police investigator Todd Rowland in his warrant against Stewart.The investigator said at some point the co-owner, Parton, went to see Stewart and requested the car back.