Roachdale woman's bond revoked

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The bond of a Roachdale woman charged in Putnam County Circuit Court with Class D felony theft has been revoked.

Jonella K. Wallace, 51, was originally arrested at the Greencastle Wal-Mart store on Oct. 14, accused of attempting to steal $577 worth of merchandise.

At her initial hearing on Oct. 16, Wallace's bond was set at $15,000 with 10 percent allowed. A bond reduction to $5,000 with 10 percent allowed was granted on Dec. 4, and Wallace posted bond and was released.

On Feb. 12, Putnam County Deputy Prosecutor Justin Long filed a petition to revoke Wallace's bond because two charges of Class D felony theft had been filed against her in Montgomery County on Feb. 3.

Wallace was arrested by Roachdale Police on Tuesday, and was ordered held at the Putnam County Jail without bond.

Wallace's Putnam County case is set to proceed to trial on May 13. Her final pretrial conference will be held on April 23, and any plea agreements must be filed by April 16.

A Class D felony conviction is punishable by up to three years in jail. Should she be deemed a habitual offender, any sentence Wallace receives could be increased significantly.

Wallace's criminal history includes convictions for misdemeanor operating while intoxicated, probation violations, felony illegal acquisition of a controlled substance and misdemeanor check deception, all in Montgomery County.

Wallace also has a charge of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication pending against her in Putnam County Circuit Court, which was transferred in from Putnam County Superior Court when the theft charge was filed in October. Wallace will be sentenced on that charge at the same time she is sentenced on the felony charge.

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