Shayla Thompson, 34, was sentenced to 72 months in Houston County Community Corrections by Circuit Judge Henry D.“Butch” Binford. She was immediately taken into custody. However, after processing, Thompson will be allowed to work but at other times will be behind bars. She pleaded guilty earlier this year.
Thompson was one of four people accused of stealing a forklift in January then using it to try and steal the cash dispensing machine from Regions Bank located on Ross Clark Circle at Headland Avenue. The other three arrested are either awaiting trial of sentencing.
Specifically, Thompson was sentenced for multiple charges including theft, attempted theft, and obstruction of justice. The latter stemmed from providing false information to police following her apprehension.
Thompson was represented by Dothan attorney Cada Carter. Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith prosecuted the case and pointed out Thompson’s sentence is the result of new Alabama guidelines that recently took effect.