URBANA — A Tolono woman who admitted stealing from her employer by allowing her relatives to leave the store without paying for items has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to make restitution.
Patricia J. Malloch, 60, was a greeter at the Walmart store in Savoy and admitted in Champaign County Circuit Court this week that she committed retail theft between Oct. 1 and Nov. 22 by stealing a PlayStation 3 and other items from the store.
Her son, Kenneth Coffman, 41, of Tuscola, also pleaded guilty to theft with a prior theft, admitting that on Nov. 19, he took merchandise from the Walmart. He was also sentenced to two years of probation.
At the time of Malloch's arrest, State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Malloch was a disgruntled employee who, as a greeter, allowed her son and grandson to leave the store without paying for items.
Malloch was ordered to pay $1,517 in restitution. Coffman was ordered to repay about $65.
Malloch's grandson, Aron White, is also charged with theft but his case remains unresolved.
In other criminal cases recently resolved with guilty pleas in Champaign County:
— Victor L. Herrington, 52, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Naples Drive, Rantoul, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of public service.
Herrington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence, admitting that he was driving drunk on Dec. 6 when he got into a crash with another vehicle at Chandler Road and U.S. 45 in Rantoul.
Assistant State's Attorney Marley Nelson said Herrington ran into the rear end of another vehicle there about 11 p.m., causing minor injuries to the person in that car.
The police noticed Herrington had a strong odor of alcohol and slurred speech. He was taken to the hospital and submitted to chemical testing that showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.271 percent, Nelson said. That's more than three times the limit for a motorist to be presumed intoxicated under Illinois law.
— Aaron Peddycoart, 33, who listed an address in the 700 block of West Illinois Street, Urbana, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary.
He admitted entering an Urbana convenience store on Jan. 27 intending to steal liquor.
— Arthur Lindsey, 49, whose last known address was in the 100 block of East Garwood Street, Champaign, was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of burglary tools.
Lindsey pleaded guilty to that in February, admitting that on July 23, 2011, he had them.
Judge Harry Clem sentenced Lindsey in his absence when he failed to show up for Monday's sentencing.