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A York County woman will serve nine months of a five-year sentence for stealing more than $700 worth of liquor while leaving her children home alone and unattended.
Elizabeth Pruitt pleaded guilty to one count each of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and child neglect in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court in August, and reappeared before the court on Dec. 17 for sentencing.
Pruitt and her partner Gregory Edward, 51, were arrested at the scene of the Kiln Creek Shopping Center when the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm from the shopping center’s ABC store in the early morning hours of Apr. 14. They were found to be in possession of 15 bottles of liquor as well as masks and a crow bar.
It was later discovered Edward and Pruitt left their three children – ages 8, 5 and 3 – at home unattended that night.
Pruitt initially faced seven felony charges, but one count of conspiracy to commit a felony, one count of wearing a mask in a public place and two counts of felony child neglect were dropped as part of a deal that saw her plead guilty to the remaining three charges.
Pruitt also agreed to testify against Gregory, who went to trial and was ultimately found guilty of grand larceny, burglary, possession of burglary tools and wearing a mask in public, in addition to three counts of child neglect.
Judge Richard Rizk sentenced Pruitt to five years in prison with four years and three months suspended. Upon her release, Pruitt will be on supervised probation for up to 10 years.
Pruitt was also ordered to pay $1,585 in court costs.