PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Mobridge woman was sentenced in a Pierre courtroom yesterday for her guilty plea to Grand Theft. 29-year-old Taylor Gullickson was charged after law enforcers were informed of the theft of various items from some Pierre retailers last December. The Pierre Police Department was told December 10 that Walmart theft prevention employees saw a shopping cart full of items that had not been paid for being taken from the store and the merchandise was loaded into a vehicle. The vehicle was later stopped near Gettysburg by a Highway Patrol trooper.
In court Tuesday, Gullickson told Judge John Brown that she is very sorry for what happened and said she didn’t think about the results of her actions.
The woman’s lawyer asked that Gullickson’s co-defendant also be responsible for restitution in the case.
Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner said she was struck by Gullickson’s remorse for her actions, but stated that what she did was bold and brazen and requested the judge set a lengthy probationary term.
Judge Brown gave Gullickson a five year prison term, but suspended the sentence as long as Gullickson successfully completes an eight year term of probation. He also ordered that Gullickson pay her portion of just over $2040 in restitution.
Also charged in the case is 49-year-old Jodie Freeman of McLaughlin. Freeman is charged with one count of Grand Theft, which is a Class 4 felony, and two counts of Possession of Stolen Property. Freeman will be arraigned on the charges on August 6.
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