SOUTHINGTON - A Cheshire woman, accused of helping steal more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from a Southington resident, may have to pay restitution by herself if she wants to keep a clean criminal record.
Melissa Quinn, 33, applied on Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, for Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program. She has been charged with second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
According to police, Quinn and Southington resident Albert Skwiot, 35, had been staying at a home belonging to a relative of Skwiot in September, when the homeowner found that $15,900 worth of jewelry was missing from the bedroom. This included 20 pairs of gold earrings and 40 gold rings.
Quinn and Skwiot were charged the following month and accused of stealing the jewelry.
Quinn could be enrolled in Accelerated Rehabilitation on April 5, when a judge will decide if the program is appropriate in her case. Court officials have indicated that paying at least half the restitution will likely be a condition of the program, which could keep Quinn’s record clean, as though she had never been arrested.
However, Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, advised Quinn she may be expected to pay as much as $15,900 if she is granted the first-time offender program. Skwiot, Lee said, has been offered to plea bargains. One would involve serving a year in prison and paying half of the restitution. The other would include two years in prison and no restitution.
Should Skwiot take the latter deal, Lee told Quinn, she would be expected to make the victim whole again on her own.
Skwiot, who is facing the same charges as Quinn, is scheduled to appear in court again on March 21.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.