Crime & Courts

Wichita woman sentenced to 44 months on burglary, theft charges

A Wichita woman was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in prison for a string of thefts at local retailers.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Joseph Bribiesca ordered 30-year-old Michelle Bonham to serve 44 months on burglary, theft and flee and elude convictions in two shoplifting cases, according to a news release from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to five counts; in exchange prosecutors agreed to drop an additional criminal case involving thefts from Target, the district attorney’s office said.

The district attorney's office said Bonham used family members to divert the attention of security guards at Target, Von Maur and Wal-Mart stores while she tried to flee with stolen electronics, jewelry, apparel and appliances between December and February. During her sentencing hearing Wednesday, a Target spokesman told the court shoplifted from several Target stores and ultimately was banned from all locations, the release said.

In addition to the prison time, Bribiesca also ordered Bonham to pay $881.68 in restitution to Target, the district attorney’s office said.

The thefts occurred at stores in Wichita and Derby. Target was the victim in most of the cases, D.A. spokesman Dan Dillon said.

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