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Serial Walmart shoplifter pleads guilty to third felony

LOCKPORT – A woman who repeatedly shoplifted at Walmarts in four counties pleaded guilty Tuesday to her third felony in recent weeks. Her attorney blamed the thefts on drug addiction.

Shentelle C. Gagnon, 27, of Hamlin, pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to attempted third-degree burglary, and could go to prison for as long as four years when she is sentenced April 19.

Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps said Gagnon had signed a pledge barring her from all Walmarts because of shoplifting. That made her theft of $1,015 worth of clothing and baby monitors June 10 at the Lockport Walmart a felony.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Santoro said Gagnon had previously pleaded guilty to felonies for Walmart thefts in Clarence and Batavia, as well as a misdemeanor in Rochester. The other judges sentenced her to six months in jail to be followed by probation, but Murphy made no such pledge.

Santoro said the crimes all occurred between June and December 2016, after he said Gagnon's boyfriend injected her with drugs against her will during a domestic violence incident.


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