Woman in robbery gets five years’ probation

Becky Campbell • Feb 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The last of four defendants charged with assaulting and robbing a Johnson City woman pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday.

Jalesa Harris, 19, received a similar disposition as her three co-defendants. The aggravated assault was dismissed and the aggravated robbery charge was reduced to simple robbery.

She pleaded guilty to robbery and filing a false police report, charges that stem from separate incidents. In the plea agreement, Harris was placed on five years of probation under judicial diversion.

The first incident was a robbery she and three others committed. It happened in May 2009 in Johnson City when Amanda Silvers gave a ride to two adult men, Lomark Cameron and Jamarcus Jackson, and an unnamed juvenile.

She told police after the incident that Cameron started going through her purse while one of the others held a gun to her head. Silvers also told police she was being followed by a vehicle occupied by two women who police later identified as Tiegra Edwards and Harris.

In Harris’ second case, the filing a false police report, she was accused of lying to police in April 2010 to cover up for her brother, Jackson, being involved in a shooting.

Jackson was charged with shooting Keith Crawford, Harris’ boyfriend, after Crawford assaulted Harris.

She told police that three unknown black males entered her apartment and assaulted her.

In Harris’ plea agreement, she was granted judicial diversion. If she successfully completes the five years of probation supervision, the conviction will be dismissed and expunged from her record.

Harris had been jailed since August, when Judge Lynn Brown learned she was not keeping in contact with her attorney, Russell Kloosterman.

With the plea on Monday, Harris was scheduled to be released from jail.

Harris’ co-defendant Edwards pleaded guilty to the robbery charge last week and received a three-year sentence under judicial diversion.

Cameron and Jackson also pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Both were sentenced to six years in prison.

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