Joyride Lands Woman In Jail


A two-week joyride in a stolen vehicle has cost a Payson woman $21,000, nine months in jail and three years supervised probation.

The judge on Tuesday imposed that sentence on Sharla Breeze Beckham, 19, who pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and attempted unlawful use of a vehicle.

On June 2, 2012, a woman called the Gila County Sheriff’s Office after someone broke into her home and drove off in her Dodge pickup.

Two weeks later, deputies stopped Beckham for speeding along Forest Service Road 199 in a Dodge pickup. After running the plate, deputies learned the vehicle was stolen. Beckham said she knew it was stolen, according to Deputy County Attorney Marc Stanley.

Deputies found a marijuana pipe in the truck and Beckham later tested positive for marijuana.

“Over the nearly two-week period following the theft, the defendant and two co-suspects caused $20,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and drove more than 2,800 miles,” Stanley said.

The judge ordered Beckham to pay the victim more than $21,000 in damages.


Robbin Flowers 3 years, 4 months ago

The judge ordered Beckham to pay the victim more than $21,000 in damages. Did the judge order Beckham to pay for her nine months in jail and the three years supervised probation? Or, what privatized jail will get the profits for her stay?


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