Woman accused of stealing $20K in Southington burglary looks for plea deal

Published on Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:30


SOUTHINGTON - A Middletown woman accused of stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry during a Southington burglary is looking to accept a plea bargain.

Molly Rothschild, 26, appeared Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court, where a public defender said she is hoping to enter a plea on her next court date, on Jan. 16.

According to police, Rothschild burglarized a Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike home on May 11. The victim reported about $20,000 worth of jewelry had been taken, in addition to a container with about $500 of loose change inside.

A deal was not able to be reached Wednesday, as the public defender who normally represents Rothschild was not present, and because of some confusion as to what the plea deal would entail. Rothschild, said public defender Elisa Villa, was under the impression the deal included a six-month prison sentence.

However, notes in the public defender file indicated a deal would include a maximum of two years in prison, with a right to argue for a lesser term at sentencing. Notations in the state’s attorney’s file suggested the deal entailed a one-year prison sentence.

Rothschild’s case was continued for officials to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the plea bargain offer. Villa said Rothschild intends to enter a guilty plea on her next court date. She faces charges of first-degree larceny and third-degree burglary.

It was not discussed on Wednesday which charge state prosecutors intend to pursue. Charges are sometimes reduced in exchange for a guilty plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:30. Updated: Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:33.