Hart woman sent to jail for larceny in a building.

January 30, 2018

Blair Collins with defense attorney Timothy Hayes.

Hart woman sent to jail for larceny in a building.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 27-year-old Hart woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 29, for a conviction of larceny in a building.

Blair Rochelle Collins, of 1158 E. Clock Rd., could have received work release had she taken a drug test at the jail as ordered by Judge Robert D. Springstead, but when she failed to immediately take the test after her court hearing, the judge ordered that she serve straight jail time, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. When asked by Springstead why she didn’t immediately report to the jail for the test as instructed, she told the judge she had taken an unknown substance at a “gathering” over the weekend.

Collins’ attorney, Timothy Hayes, requested the work release so that his client wouldn’t lose her job. Hayes said Collins “has made significant changes in her life” by obtaining a job and staying off drugs.

She was arrested last fall by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for a felony of breaking and entering with intent with co-defendant Roy James Alltop, 47, of 1158 E. Clock Rd., Hart.

Hayes said his client was not the leader in the break-in. “She was riding in the car, she was high,” he said. “She doesn’t see herself as a thief. She sees herself as an addict.”

Alltop faces several theft charges in Oceana County and recently pleaded guilty in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to breaking and entering with intent. In Mason County’s 79th District Court, Alltop is charged with second-offense operating while intoxicated following a crash that injured Collins, who was his passenger.

“Life has been a lot better since I’ve been sober,” Collins told the judge during her sentencing. “I was there (at the crime scene) because of my drug addiction.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-6 months.

Collins, who received credit for five days served in jail, was also sentenced to 18 months probation.

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