Mother-daughter sentenced in shoplifting-assault www.privateofficer.com
MIDDLETOWN PA March 31 2011 – The two were shoplifting with their children when they got into a fight with a 55-year-old Oxford Valley Mall security guard and severely beat the woman.
A mother and daughter from Trenton who beat a 55-year-old Oxford Valley Mall security guard who tried to stop them from shoplifting were sentenced Tuesday in Bucks County Court in Doylestown.
Luz D. Deleon, 55, and Anna Deleon-Valle, 22, pleaded guilty to theft and assault charges before county Judge Albert Cepparulo.
Deleon-Valle was sentenced to one to two years in the county prison. Her mother will serve four years of probation.
Both women were ordered to complete parenting classes. Deleon-Valle must also attend an anger management course.
The incident began in Sears, where the women were shopping with Deleon’s 13-year-old daughter and Deleon-Valle’s 2-year-old son.
The store’s loss prevention staff saw the women take approximately $500 worth of clothing into a fitting room, where they concealed it inside shopping bags and the toddler’s stroller.
A security guard approached the women as they left the store. The shoplifters threatened to spray the woman with mace, then attacked her, said deputy district attorney Blake Jackman.
“They punched her and knocked her to the ground and kicked her,” Jackman said.
The mother and daughter grabbed their kids and ran for their car. The guard followed them, and Deleon-Valle fought with her in the parking lot while her mother loaded the stolen clothes into the vehicle.
Police soon arrived and arrested the women. The guard suffered severe facial cuts and injuries to her eyes and teeth in the beating.
Standing next to her attorney, Niels Eriksen, Deleon-Valle said emotional problems led her to commit the crime.
“I was just so angry that day,” she said.
Deleon was represented by attorney Keith Bidlingmaier. With the help of an interpreter, she apologized to Cepparulo.
“I am very sorry,” she said.
Deleon-Valle has prior convictions for shoplifting and drug-related offenses in New Jersey. Deleon has no priors.
Cepparulo warned the women that another conviction could earn them a state prison sentence. He said their crime was even more serious because it was committed in front of their children.
“The kids had to see this, then see the arrest that occurred. That doesn’t leave very good memories.”