LaGRANGE — A Troup County woman pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges of burglary in the first degree and theft by taking in Troup County Superior Court.
Robin Olivia Browning Carroll acknowledged before presiding Judge Travis W. Sakrison she drove two accomplices to at least 24 different locations in three counties where they burglarized homes and businesses.
According to senior assistant district attorney Lynda Caldwell, Carroll admitted to being apart of a burglary in Troup County at the Troup Trophy Club off Cook Road on June 7 and helping to steal $2,000 worth of items from a residence on July 18.
Caldwell told the court Carroll took law enforcement officers to 24 different places in Troup, Coweta and Meriwether Counties where she said she would drop off her then boyfriend and another person, wait for his call, then come back and pick them up when they were done.
Caldwell said Carroll would be receiving a blind plea, meaning she did not know what sentence the state would recommend in return for her guilty plea.
Browning’s defense attorney, Emily Bronstein, told Judge Sakrison her client has three children at home who had medical issues and she never been in trouble with the law before.
“She got into a bad relationship … she didn’t know what would happen if she told him no,” explained Bronstein. “She understands what she did was wrong.”
Bronstein said her client was already prepared to pay some restitution in the case and brought with her $700 in cash to prove it.
The defense attorney also asked Sakrison to consider allowing Carroll to serve time on the weekends over a period of six months, when family members would be available to take care of the children and properly administer their medicines, plus community service.
Carroll’s husband, Jonathan Carroll, and her mom, Deborah Ann Barber, also took the stand and spoke on her behalf.
“She’s gone through a lot, but she’s grown from it,” Barber explained. “She’s a good mother. She’s also taken on Jonathan’s three kids. I know she’s sorry for what she’s done.”
Carroll also addressed the court.
“I am truly sorry. I know what I did was wrong, and I’m not asking you to set it aside by no means,” she told the judge.
Saksrison seemed impressed by Carroll’s steps to move forward by helping law enforcement officers and collecting some of the restitution money.
“I’m going to give you a another chance,” he told her. “I appreciate you taking responsibility, giving up the one third of the restitution and the fact that you have no criminal history …”
Sakrison sentenced Carroll on the burglary charge to five years to serve 16 weekends over a period of eight months. The rest of the time will be probated, plus she will have to complete community service. For the charge of theft by taking, Carroll was sentenced to five years’ probation, which will run concurrent with her other sentence.
She was also given first offender treatment.
Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.