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Three new felonies mean jail time for pregnant Highland woman

Updated: November 7, 2012 3:50PM



Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Highland woman to two years in prison after she violated her probation by committing three new felony offenses.

Jennifer Marie Brenner, 26, cried as she pleaded for another chance. Defense attorney Paul Stracci said his client is expecting a child in March.

“You will not be the first person to have a child in prison and you will not be the last,” Vasquez said. “It’s what you deserve, Miss Brenner.”

When she is released from prison, Brenner must serve six months in Lake County Community Corrections home detention program for check fraud, followed by two years on home detention for theft, and 18 months on probation for auto theft.

Brenner wrote a bad check for $866 for a camera, zoom lens, accessory bag, memory card and two filters on Aug. 19, 2011 at Dave’s Camera Mart in Munster.

On Jan. 26, Brenner provided another person’s credit card information for an $802 bill for car repairs at the Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership on Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland.

Between July 31 and Aug. 14, Brenner used two bad checks to BMW of Schererville for the purchase of a 2000 Chrysler Sebring and drove away in the car.

Brenner must pay $402 in restitution to the Highland car dealer.

Her plea agreement indicates the charges will remain felonies on her criminal record.



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