Union-Bulletin Court Report

A former Walla Walla woman who prowled parents’ vehicles during a school shooting in Spokane was sentenced Monday to 25 months in prison for second-degree identity theft in Walla Walla County in 2017.

Nicole D. Jensen, 35, pleaded guilty in January 2018 to the charge, but due to the Spokane County case, court proceedings in Walla Walla County were delayed. Her sentence will run concurrently with the Spokane case.

In Walla Walla, she originally faced charges of five counts of second-degree theft, one count of methamphetamine possession, one count of drug paraphernalia possession, possession of another person’s identity, second-degree identity theft and tampering with a witness. However, those counts were dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Her sentencing included $500 in fines and fees and 42 days of credit for time served.

The charges arose from accusations she stole a credit card from a man and used it to rent a room at the TraveLodge on April 9, 2017, according to court documents. The hotel manager suspected the credit card did not belong to Jensen, and contacted police. Police then searched Jensen’s room and discovered narcotics, drug paraphernalia, various debit and credit cards in other people’s names and several ID’s and other identifying documents, belonging to other people.

In the Spokane case, on April 17, she received 45 months of prison-based Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, 25 months in community custody, $661 in restitution, and $500 in fines and fees. In that case, she was accused of prowling through parents’ vehicles while they checked on their children during a Sept. 13, 2017 shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. One student was killed and three others were injured.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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