Woman accused of stealing car sentenced to prison for probation violation
One of the three women charged with driving a stolen car was sentenced to prison in Yuma County Superior Court Tuesday morning for violating her three-year term of probation.
In sentencing 29-year-old Cheyenne Golding, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Stephen Rouff said he didn't think reinstating her back on probation was appropriate and sentenced her to one year in prison with credit for 124 days previously served.
Before he did, however, Golding addressed the court and asked the judge to give her minimum sentence possible, saying she wanted to get her life back on track and put her legal problems behind her.
Golding, of Winterhaven, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of means of transportation in a plea agreement and was sentenced by Rouff to 36 months of supervised probation in April.
At that time, Rouff also cautioned Golding that if she violated any of the terms of her probation, she would be brought back to court, and if the violations were proven, her probation could be revoked and she could be sentenced to up to a year and a half in prison.
According to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, at about 2:08 a.m. on Jan. 18, deputies received a report that a vehicle had just been stolen at the Chevron at 8th Street and Avenue C in Yuma. The vehicle's owner told deputies that he had left Paradise Casino with three women he had just met and they went to Walmart on Avenue B and then continued to the Chevron at 8th Street and Avenue C, where he went into the store and left the women in the car.
The owner said that while he was inside the Chevron, the women left in his vehicle, without his permission, heading northbound on Avenue C. Golding was later identified as the driver of the car.
A description of the vehicle was sent to other area law enforcement agencies as sheriff deputies searched for it and the suspects. At approximately 2:40 a.m., the vehicle was spotted coming back into Yuma across the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge by a Quechan police officer.
Sheriff's deputies responded and detained the occupants of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was then brought to the scene by a deputy and retrieved his stolen vehicle. The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested by deputies and booked into the Yuma County Jail on charges of theft of a means of transportation.