A woman who assaulted a Walmart employee while she fled with hundreds of dollars worth of stolen computers will serve 90 days in jail.
The woman, Deborah J. Seibers, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of misdemeanor theft and assault. The felony theft charge was dropped as part of the plea bargain.
Seibers was ordered to serve 90 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence with the balance of her term to be spent on probation once her jail time is served. She must also pay $500 plus costs and perform 16 hours public service work.
The charges came after she was picked out of photo lineups by a pair of Walmart employees, including former loss prevention officer Gail Campbell. They pointed to Seibers as the woman who stole two Compaq computers from the local store and then had a confrontation with Campbell as she was trying to detain the alleged thief. Campbell suffered cuts and bruises from the scuffle.
Along with the eyewitness testimony, police were able to obtain video tape evidence showing Seibers in the store the day of the theft. The estimated cost of the two computers was $494.
While having eyewitness identification as well as video surveillance tape, prosecutors were amenable to a settlement since the memories of witnesses could have been faded since the crime was committed in the summer of 2005. The warrants were taken against Seibers in June of that year but she was arrested for the crime in December 2010 meaning five and a half years had elapsed from the time of her alleged crime until the time she was picked up on the outstanding warrant.