Elkin woman given eight consecutive sentences

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com


Surry County Detention Center

DOBSON — One of four suspects accused of involvement in an Elkin crime ring was convicted of numerous associated felony violations and sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court.

The Elkin Police Department announced the arrest of Letonya Ann Sidden ,40, back in March, along with Guillermo Rodriguez, 48,Ashley Nicole Speer, 21, and Christopher Blaine Settle, 24, following the execution of a search warrant at their 225 Pegram St. residence.

Stolen items seized during the search connected the four with many reported thefts in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

On Wednesday, Sidden, who is also known as Tonya Ann Speer, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of felony possession of stolen goods or property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense, two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property.

Misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and two counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance were dismissed.

In addition to the items found in her home, Sidden was identified by a witness who saw her leaving the residence during an early morning break-in on Elk Spur Street.

Sidden’s court file includes a 20 pages of handwritten notes detailing hundreds of items seized from the two-bedroom residence.

According to those notes and other court documents, the seized items include the expected targets of a break-in, such as televisions, video game systems, cell phones, jewelry (lots of jewelry).

Other items were less expected: an “Angry Birds” tin, 16 lug nuts and lug nut covers, miscellaneous bath supplies and frozen meat.

Though the stolen items were returned to the rightful owners, plenty of the property reported stolen was not recovered.

The property was stolen from 19 different victims, according to court documents, three of whom spoke during the hearing Wednesday.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Beal said the victims had “varying degrees of connection” with the defendant prior to the thefts.

Presiding Judge Eric Morgan ordered Sidden to serve eight consecutive sentences, including four nine- to 20- month terms of imprisonment, a total of three to 6.6 years.

After her release, she is to serve four consecutive 11- to 23 month suspended sentences with 36 months of supervised probation.

The defendant was ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families.

“I give all the credit in the world to the Elkin Police Department,” Beal said. “I would say they did a masterful job in doing what they did.”

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By Terri Flagg


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