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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A military paralegal was sentenced Friday to a year in prison, reduction in rank to E-1 and a bad-conduct discharge for stealing from friends and co-workers.

Pvt. Shaniqua Randall, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 94th Military Police Battalion, pleaded guilty to charges of larceny and being absent without leave during a general court-martial here.

Prosecutors requested Randall be sentenced to three years’ confinement and the bad-conduct discharge, while the defense asked for just the discharge with no jail time.

Randall faced a maximum sentence of 16½ years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.

According to evidence presented at the trial, Randall stole her roommate’s ATM card and used it to withdraw $1,300 from the ATM at Camp Walker Lodge in November 2006, while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

Then, in February, she stole a close friend’s ATM card and used it to withdraw $450.

Investigators later discovered she also also had stolen co-workers’ property, including a DVD player, a belt and a cellular phone.

According to evidence, Randall fled home to Alabama when she learned of the charges and remained there for three weeks until investigators found her and took her into custody.

Prior to sentencing Friday, the primary victims, Pfc. Lindsay Russell and Pfc. Danniela Brock, testified how the crimes affected them.

Brock said the theft prevented her from sending money home to the United States to help pay for the care of her child.

Russell testified that she had to cancel a trip home to see her parents, because she could no longer afford airfare.

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