Calif. judge sentences elderly gem thief to jail

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Doris Payne, 83, seen at a November court appearance, has a rap sheet that dates back decades. She pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a Riverside County jewelry store. The octogenarian was sentenced to four years in custody -- two in county jail, two under mandatory supervision -- after pleading guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / November 5, 2013)

Doris Payne, 83, seen at a November court appearance, has a rap sheet that dates back decades. She pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a Riverside County jewelry store. The octogenarian was sentenced to four years in custody — two in county jail, two under mandatory supervision — after pleading guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / November 5, 2013)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — An 83-year-old woman authorities say has spent much of her life stealing stuff has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking a $22,500 diamond ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1iwd59V ) reports Doris Payne pleaded guilty Monday in Riverside Superior Court.

Judge William Lebov ordered Payne to serve two years under mandatory supervision after she is released and to stay away from jewelry stores.

Prosecutors sought a six-year sentence.

Riverside County district attorney spokesman John Hall says Payne’s criminal record dates to 1952.

In 2011 she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing a $16,000 ring from a Santa Monica store.

She had been out of prison a few months when she took the $22,500 ring from El Paseo Jewelers.

 

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