Christin Pierce, 29 of New Castle, was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for her part in the armed robbery of a New Castle Dollar General store in September.
Pierce was initially arrested two days after New Castle police released a photo of her driving the car used as a getaway vehicle after a man – whom police believe to be Demonte J. Jones – robbed the Dollar General store a few blocks away.
Jones is accused of pointing a gun at the store cashier and demanding money. Security footage showed “a black male, thin build wearing all dark (black) clothing and glasses,” according to the police report.
The store manager reported that the suspect stole $60 in cash from the register before running out of the store. Witnesses told police they saw the man get into a car parked on Vine Street a block down from the store.
Private tips lead police to find Pierce after her photo in the car was circulated on social media.
Pierce pleaded guilty Thursday to one charge of Level 3 felony aiding in armed robbery.
Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Bob Witham sentenced Pierce to nine years in Indiana Dept. of Corrections, with two years suspended for formal probation.
Pierce received credit for 158 days time served and 53 good credit days.
According to court documents, Pierce also requested the court recommend her the Recovery While Incarcerated program, which the court did. After successfully completing the program, Pierce can ask the court to modify her sentence; however, the State reserves the right to object to any modification request.
Demonte Jones, 25, was arrested Nov. 4 for his alleged role in the robbery.
Jones has been charged with Level 3 felonies armed robbery and criminal confinement, Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Level 5 felony intimidation, Level 6 felony point a firearm at another person and being a habitual offender.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges Nov. 6.
Jones’ jury trial is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 24, with is pre-trial conference at 2 p.m. April 8.