Sonora, California – Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg announced today that on December 19, 2016, local resident Chelsey Hogue pleaded guilty to crimes that included: assault with a deadly weapon, escape from arrest, first degree residential burglary, and transportation of methamphetamine. Prior to May of 2016, the defendant had no criminal history record. The convictions were derived from 3 separate cases. Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Novelli prosecuted the cases for the People.
On May 3, 2016, the defendant was contacted by Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriffs while she was asleep behind the driver’s wheel of a vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 31 grams of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe, and packaging materials. The defendant possessed the methamphetamine for the purposes of sale.
On September 20, 2016, the defendant entered Closet 2 Closet in Groveland. The defendant left the store after being confronted with attempting to steal items; however, she left her bag. She returned shortly thereafter to retrieve the bag. When the owner and friend of the owner refused to give the bag back as it had stolen items hidden in it and the authorities had been called, the defendant took out a knife, threatened to stab the store owner’s friend and attempted to assault her with a knife. The store owner’s friend was able to subdue the defendant. When Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Worthington arrived, he arrested the defendant and secured her in the back of his patrol vehicle. Deputy Worthington went inside to provide the victim’s with information regarding their rights; the defendant was able to escape from the locked vehicle and fled the scene.
On October 6, 2016, the defendant was contacted along with Nicholas Scialabba outside of a residence. A window screen of the residence had been pried off, and the garage door was open. Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriffs’ noticed that Mr. Scialabba was walking from the residence with his arms full of items towards where the defendant sat with a plethora of items which later were identified as being taken from the residence. Neither Mr. Scialabba nor the defendant had the right to be in the house or be in possession of the items.
On January 9, 2017, Chelsey Hogue was sentenced to 6 years in State Prison by the Honorable Judge Donald Segerstrom.