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Shuneka Shannell Laymond-Thornton1 / 2
Marquita Deshawna Moffett2 / 2

Shuneka Shannell Laymond-Thornton, 24, was one of four Wisconsin women who made off with nearly $2,800 in merchandise from West Acres mall stores including Victoria’s Secret and Hot Topic on May 24, according to court documents.

The women also tried to run over a mall security guard with their vehicle as they left, injuring a guard who jotted down their license plate number, court documents state.

Law enforcement caught up with the women on Interstate 94 at the Downer exit east of Moorhead and found bags of stolen merchandise, court documents state.

Laymond-Thornton was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and possession of shoplifting gear, and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

Jasma Shanette Jackson, 23, Charla Mickal Dowden, 21, and Marquita Deshawna Moffett, 19, were also charged with receiving stolen property and possession of shoplifting gear.

Laymond-Thornton was sentenced to six years of unsupervised probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, according to online records. She was also sentenced to the nine days in jail she had already served, with the rest of her one-year jail sentence stayed for the six years she is on probation. The felony charges were dismissed.

Moffett pleaded guilty to the same charge in July and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and a $1,000 fine, online court records show. She was also sentenced to time served after having done 69 days in jail, with about nine months in jail stayed during her probation.

The cases against Dowden and Jackson are still unresolved.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Adrian Glass-Moore at (701) 241-5599

Adrian Glass-Moore

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