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Theft charge dismissed for woman in five-person arrest

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of grand theft against a woman involved in a five-person arrest in December in Mitchell. Hailee Flores, 23, of Parkston, appeared in court on April 14 in Davison County, and a charge of grand theft valued between $5...

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of grand theft against a woman involved in a five-person arrest in December in Mitchell.

Hailee Flores, 23, of Parkston, appeared in court on April 14 in Davison County, and a charge of grand theft valued between $5,000 and $100,000, a class 4 felony, was dismissed.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 23 incident when Flores and Joe Thomas, 26, of Chicago, allegedly took a pickup in Mitchell, fled from law enforcement and crashed on the Interstate 90 exit to Riverside Road.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in court in May and also faces a charge of eluding, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Their arrest came shortly after Derrell Williamson, 25, and Devonjae Strong, 24, of Chicago, were arrested in Mitchell for robbery and home invasion on Dec. 22 in Yankton. Demil Spears, 23, of Chicago, was also arrested in connection with the incident.

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All five individuals have pleaded guilty to charges related to the Yankton incident, and four were sentenced on April 11. Spears was sentenced in March.

Flores was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for aiding and abetting second-degree robbery.

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