Note: This story appears in the Sunday, June 9 newspaper on Page A3.

A Glouster woman who pleaded guilty to felony theft in connection with a 2018 robbery of a pizza delivery driver has been sentenced in Athens County Common Pleas Court to 18 months in prison.

Jessica Ray, 26, had initially been charged with conspiracy, but a plea agreement in April reduced it to theft. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to oppose judicial release after 30 days are served.

The court, in imposing the sentence, made it consecutive to a sentence in a Vinton County case. Ray was sentenced in May 2017 to two years of community control, with an underlying sentence of 12 months, after being convicted of a felony charge of aggravated assault. She has been accused of violating terms of her community control and a hearing was set for June 12.

A co-defendant in the Athens County case, 51-year-old Sandra Ballou of Glouster, had also been charged with conspiracy and pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge of theft. She had been scheduled for sentencing this past Wednesday, but it was postponed to June 17.

Last year, the 54-year-old Cleo Conley of Glouster, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle and felonious assault in the case. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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