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Woman Gets Jail Time For Stealing $2 In Change

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HILLSDALE (WWJ/AP) – A woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail in a home invasion last year in Michigan where $2 in change was taken.

Twenty-year-old Karlissa Hawkins was sentenced Monday in Hillsdale County Circuit Court on one count of attempted second-degree home invasion after earlier pleading guilty to the charge, The Hillsdale Daily News reported. She was also ordered to pay nearly $900 in costs and fines, as well as $845 in restitution.

Hawkins apologized prior to sentencing, saying she’s a different person today than the person she once was. Her lawyer said Hawkins has since sought treatment for drug abuse, which was a major factor in her decisions to commit the crime.

Hawkins earlier told the court that she and another woman broke into an apartment looking to steal money so that she could pay off a debt she owed. Co-defendant Kristeen Deck, who is serving a 5-year prison sentence in the case, said they couldn’t find any substantial amount of money and Hawkins eventually took $2 in change, which she used for gas money.

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