Lufkin woman accepts 5 years deferred for stealing from trophy business

Lufkin woman accepts 5 years deferred for stealing from trophy business

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 37-year-old Lufkin woman accepted a plea bargain deal of five years of deferred adjudication for stealing between $20,000 and $100,000 from Triple A Trophy.

Shandi Franklin Ibarra appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Thursday morning. As part of the plea bargain deal, she pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony theft between $20,000 and $100,000 charge.

As part of the plea bargain deal, Ibarra will be required to pay restitution to Triple a Trophy. The amount of restitution will be determined later.

Angelina County District Attorney Art Bauereiss said his office is not opposed to having her supervision dropped if she can pay it early. White said he would consider it, but because Ibarra is on prescription drugs, he wants to see if she can stay clean.

Bauereiss said after the plea bargain hearing that Ibarra was stealing from Triple A Trophy when she was working there.

"Not necessarily cash but property," Bauereiss said.

Ibarra was booked into the Angelina County Jail back on July 14 after a grand jury indicted her on the charge. She was originally charged with third-degree felony theft of service between $20,000 and $100,000.

She was released from the jail later on July 14 after she posted a bail amount of $15,000.

According to the text of the grand jury indictment, which was filed on July 5, Ibarra is accused of stealing between $20,000 and $100,000 in services from the victim in the period from January 1 to November 30, 2015 by "acquiring or otherwise exerting control over property, to wit, funds from a financial institution."

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