A woman from Arkansas will now spend time behind bars after she posed as a California sheriff to get her boyfriend out of jail.
As of late, in a hilariously bizarre turn of events, an Arkansas lady was sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking on the appearance of a California cop so she could get her beau out of prison. Maxine Feldstein, 31, pleaded guilty not long ago in Washington County Circuit Court to forgery in the second degree, third-degree escape and second-degree misdemeanor criminal impersonation in the prison escape plot.
"It was very well-planned and very well-executed," Fourth Judicial District Chief agent arraigning lawyer Mieka Hatcher told People. "Planning and executing an escape is a serious crime," Feldstein's lawyer, however, couldn't be reached for a remark. Experts state Feldstein and her beau Nicholas Lowe, 24, came up with the prison break plan after both were captured last July and taken to the Washington County jail.
Feldstein was captured for ownership of a controlled substance with the aim to deliver and was discharged the next day, as indicated by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. However, Lowe was kept in prison in light of a police hold out of Ventura County, California, Hatcher says.
While Lowe was in prison, he purportedly advised Feldstein to caution correctional facility authorities that California was 'having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended,' as indicated by a police probable cause affidavit, reports KTHV.
Consequently, Feldstein then reached the correctional facility professing to be 'Deputy Kershaw with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office' and gave a representative a phony report which discharged the jail hold on Lowe, as indicated by KTHV. Jailers discovered that Feldstein was lying two days after the fact when a genuine Ventura County Sheriff's representative reached them about when he would get Lowe, KFSM reports.
"Once they began their investigation when they realized what happened, they reviewed phone calls and jail visits and that’s when they discovered the plan," Hatcher said. The couple was captured in Fayetteville one month after they broke out of prison. Lowe confessed to third-degree escape in January and was sentenced to one year in jail, KNWA reports.
As indicated by Hatcher, Feldstein got 10 years for the forgery conviction and five years for the escape conviction. Clarifying the error of the sentences to People, Hatcher stated Feldstein was on parole after felony drug convictions. "He was in custody and he simply suggested that she do this," Hatcher stated. "She actually did everything. She impersonated a sheriff deputy. She forged the document. … He escaped because she carried out the plan."