Confinement in state prison again could be ahead for San Francisco resident Jennifer Leigh Prince, 40, who has a connection to a series of December 2010 Portola Valley property crimes.
Ms. Leigh Prince, who has been in prison nine times, pleaded no contest on Aug. 8 to possession of stolen property and identity theft, both felonies, prosecutors said.
In the plea agreement, prosecutors from the San Mateo County District Attorney's office had asked that Ms. Leigh Prince plead guilty and be sentenced to five years in prison with no chance of parole, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said in a telephone interview.
Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak modified the agreement to the include a range of possible sentences, from probation all the way up to a maximum of seven years behind bars, Ms. Guidotti said.
A probation report and sentencing is set for Oct. 4. Ms. Leigh Prince had been scheduled for a jury trial to begin Sept. 6. She remains in jail on bail of $25,000, according to the District Attorney's Office.
As a parolee with previous felony convictions, she is subject to more severe sentences for subsequent felony offenses.
The District Attorney's office and Ms. Leigh Prince's attorney have not yet responded to interview requests.
The Portola Valley connection occurred at around 6 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2010, when a deputy from the county Sheriff's Office, called to investigate an auto burglary in the Brookside Park neighborhood, discovered two women sitting in a green Jeep Cherokee parked on Crescent Avenue with no license plates, according to a deputy's account.
While examining the women's IDs, the deputy noticed an object in the vehicle that resembled an object reported stolen in the auto burglary, at which point the driver put the Jeep into gear and drove off, the deputy said. The deputy gave chase but lost sight of the vehicle.
A Sheriff's Office report subsequently noted three thefts and two burglaries reported for Dec. 23 in Brookside Park.
The next day in a traffic stop, San Mateo police arrested Ms. Leigh Prince. She allegedly gave the officer an ID and was in possession of a checkbook that were reported stolen in two Coastside auto burglaries three weeks earlier, she had a warrant out for her arrest, and she was in possession of four $20 bills with the same serial number, deputies said.
After consulting with Sheriff's Office investigators, police determined that Ms. Prince had been driving the green Jeep that night in Portola Valley.
The report is silent on whether the second woman in the Jeep was ever caught.