SOUTHINGTON - A Cheshire woman has pleaded not guilty to helping steal more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from a Southington resident.
Melissa Quinn, 33, had been offered a suspended jail sentence, but that offer was revoked Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, after prosecutors were made aware that she had since been arrested twice. The new offer, state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee said, will include prison time.
Quinn faces charges of second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
According to police, Quinn and Southington resident Albert Skwiot, 35, had been staying at a home belonging to a relative of Skwiot in September, when the homeowner found that $15,900 worth of jewelry was missing from the bedroom. This included 20 pairs of gold earrings and 40 gold rings.
Quinn and Skwiot, who has since pleaded guilty, were charged the following month and accused of stealing the jewelry.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.