Prisoner pleads guilty to car theft.

May 9, 2016
Jacqueline Mansilla with her attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

Jacqueline Mansilla with her attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 33-year-old Shelby woman currently incarcerated in prison is looking at adding concurrent prison time after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, May 9, to car theft.

Jacqueline Grace Mansilla, also known as Jaqueline Grace Jewett, of 3059 S. Oceana Dr., was arrested March 28, by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for a felony of unlawful driving away of an automobile (UDAA) and fourth-offense habitual offender after stealing a 2008 Chevrolet Impala from the parking lot of the Companion Animal Clinic on South Oceana Drive in Shelby Township, March 8.

The car, valued at approximately $8,000, was recovered by Muskegon police in the 300 block of East Larch Street in Muskegon, March 14.

The keys were left in the car’s ignition, so a local repair shop could pick up the car at the vet clinic to put new tires on it. The vehicle’s owner noticed the car was stolen and contacted police.

In exchange for Mansilla’s plea to UDAA, a fourth-offense habitual offender designation was dismissed. Judge Anthony A. Monton said Mansilla’s sentence would run concurrently to the prison term she is currently serving and would not exceed 14 months.

Mansilla testified Monday that she stole the car at 8:30 a.m. from the animal clinic, where she lived behind.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Mansilla is serving a 14-month to 10 year term at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti for a Muskegon County conviction of organized retail crime act violation. She was sentenced March 21, according to OTIS. She has previous convictions in Oceana County of forgery and firearms larceny, and uttering and publishing in Muskegon County.

Sentencing is set for June 20 at 9 a.m. Mansilla was remanded to back to the Michigan Department of Corrections awaiting sentencing.

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