Judge Brady Elliott of the 268th District Court sentenced Shangaee June Palmer to two years in prison for theft – the maximum allowed by law – on Feb. 5.
Palmer had previously agreed to plead guilty to the crime, but then didn’t show up for court the day she was to plea. The 36-year-old Houston woman, who was charged with stealing clothing from a retail store, was apprehended and pleaded guilty before asking the judge to determine her punishment.
According to Assistant District Attorney Susan Sweeney, Palmer worked with another woman to steal the clothing from a retail store in Sugar Land in December 2016. Later, during an interview by the Fort Bend County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Palmer admitted that she had enough money with her to purchase what she stole at the time, but that she was just greedy. After considering her statement and evidence of Palmer’s numerous prior theft convictions, Judge Elliott sentenced Palmer to the maximum two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Palmer was eligible to receive probation.