Woman pleads guilty to larceny, felony eluding

WOODSTOCK — A Front Royal woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, as part of a plea agreement, including grand larceny and felony eluding police.

In January, Keri Jo Baker, 19, broke into a locked room in a residential building with an accomplice and stole multiple items from the room. She had arranged to sell that property to someone else.

Then, in February, Baker was in the passenger seat of a car with  Chad Robinson as the driver when a deputy with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop. When the deputy saw warrants for Robinson’s arrest, Baker instructed Robinson to drive and escape from custody.

Robinson rammed a police car while fleeing west on U.S. 55, and officers followed the two to the West Virginia state line. Baker and Robinson were later arrested on additional warrants.

Baker pleaded guilty to felony eluding, and also entered an Alford plea of guilty  to grand larceny, selling stolen property and breaking and entering, meaning that she maintains her innocence on those charges but will plead guilty because it’s in her best interest to do so.

Baker was sentenced to a total of eight years imprisonment with all but 45 days suspended, and she must also complete three years of supervised probation upon her release. She must also pay $6,381  in restitution. Baker will report to jail on Sept. 8.

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