A Dixon woman was sentenced Wednesday in Solano Superior Court by Judge Wendy Getty to three years and eight months in jail on felony charges of identity theft and possession of stolen property from an incident that occurred in November 2014.
The woman, Laura Erwin, sat alongside an alternate public defender, who pleaded her case and asked the judge to grant her client probation instead of a jail sentence. The attorney expressed Erwin’s willingness to turn her life around.
“I believe she is quite willing and able to make the changes the court [asks,]” said the attorney. “This is a stressful situation for my client who might be sentenced to prison in the next 10 minutes.”
Erwin was arrested by police in Dixon, who realized upon her arrest she was in possession of a stolen vehicle from Fairfield. When stopped by police, Erwin gave a false name to officers. She was then booked in Solano County Jail on charges concerning possession of methamphetamines and a stolen vehicle and providing false information to authorities.
According to the deputy district attorney in the case, Erwin has prior criminal offenses in other states related to breaking and entering and burglary and an assault with a deadly weapon charge from 2003.
“She’s consistently failed when given chance after chance,” the attorney said.
The defense attorney argued for Erwin to be placed on probation, but the prosecutor stated there are no other services that can help her in terms of changing her lifestyle.
“I am heartened Ms. Erwin wants to change,” Getty said at the close of the court proceeding. “This is about giving the community a break, (not helping the defendant).”
Getty ultimately sentenced Erwin to three years and eight months behind bars. Following completion of her jail sentence, the defendant will be placed on parole, the judge said.