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May 8, 2014

Mom pleads, gets 2 years deferred

Guilty plea to neglect ends shoplifting case

A woman police say fled the scene after her children were allegedly observed taking beauty products from a local retailer has received a deferred sentence.

Tina Jones, 35, of Muskogee pleaded guilty to one count of child neglect in Muskogee County District Court on Thursday afternoon. She was given a two-year deferred sentence and fined $100. She will be on supervised probation with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for two years. Jones will be required to complete a parenting class, and a substance abuse assessment will be conducted, said Tim King, assistant district attorney.

Also, DOC officials will evaluate Jones and determine if other treatment is appropriate.

“We felt like Miss Jones had no prior felony involvement, and this involved using children to steal. Under the circumstances, placing special conditions of probation were appropriate,” King said.

Jones was charged Nov. 26, court documents state.

On Nov. 24, Muskogee police were called to Walmart on Shawnee Bypass, said Cpl. MIchael Mahan. While officers were en route, the store’s loss prevention personnel said one of the individuals was leaving the parking lot. Police stopped the vehicle at Chicago Street and Shawnee Bypass, Mahan said.

Jones and two juveniles, ages 15 and 11, were inside the vehicle.

Two more juveniles — ages 10 and 11 — were in the custody of the store’s loss prevention personnel.

Mahan said that the 10-year-old was observed at the store placing items in the 15-year-old’s purse. The other juvenile with the two in the store apparently was not involved in the alleged theft, Mahan said.

When the three were confronted by loss prevention personnel at the store, the 15-year-old ran and jumped in the car. The younger children were left at the store, he said.

Mahan said that the two 11-year-olds — one who was left at the store, and another who was in the vehicle — were not involved and were released to the custody of a relative, Mahan said. The other two juveniles — ages 10 and 15 — were taken into custody.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for May 30.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or

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