CLINTON — A Clinton woman was granted a deferred judgement for a felony burglary charge.
Santana M. Padilla, 19, of Clinton, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for third-degree burglary, a Class D felony.
Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers recommended the court grant Padilla a suspended sentence. Myers cited Padilla’s age and “relatively minor criminal history.” She stated most of the charges against Padilla have occurred over the past year. Myers recommended the court order Padilla to complete the Residential Corrections Facility program as a condition of probation, stating the program will help provide structure and allow Padilla to address substance abuse issues. Myers requested the court order Padilla to pay $500 in victim in restitution.
Defense attorney Judd Parker requested the court grant Padilla a deferred judgement and probation. Parker stated Padilla is working to correct mistakes she made during the past year. He said Padilla eventually wants to become a nurse and is hoping to work in a doctor’s office with children, which would be difficult with a felony on her record.
Padilla stated she was “sorry for what I’ve done.” She asked the court to grant her a deferred judgement to help her gain employment in the future.
“I’d like to move past this and do better,” Padilla said.
District Court Judge Mary Howes granted the defense’s request for a deferred judgement, citing her age and lack of serious criminal history. She ordered Padilla to complete the RCF program as a condition of probation. Howes ordered Padilla to pay $500 in victim restitution. A $750 civil penalty was waived.
According to the affidavit, at 4:06 p.m. Sept. 3, 2016, officers were dispatched for a burglary in progress. The Clinton Law Center advised a white female crawled through the window to an apartment. Dispatch said the female had walked out the door and left on foot.
The affidavit states offices arrived on scene and made contact with a witness. The witness stated he knew the tenant in the apartment was out of town at an Iowa game. The witness said Padilla told him the tenant left the window unlocked for her. Padilla opened the window, crawled in, was in the apartment for approximately five minutes and then left. Padilla told a separate witness she and the tenant dated in the past and she still had belongings in the apartment. Padilla told the witness the tenant gave her permission to crawl through the window. Padilla left with a large purse. The officer observed that the screen to the window was still open. An officer entered the apartment, not knowing if anyone was inside, possibly hurt or if another suspect was inside. No one was located in the one-bedroom apartment.
The Clinton Law Center was able to call the tenant. The tenant told dispatch to ask the officers to secure the apartment. An officer was able to lock the window and contacted maintenance.
The affidavit states later that afternoon the tenant contacted an officer and reported a burglary to his residence. An officer on Sept. 4, 2016, called and talked to the tenant. The tenant stated he had been dating Padilla. The tenant said they separated and she moved out in February 2016 and she had no reason to enter the apartment. The tenant stated he never gave Padilla permission to enter the apartment. The tenant stated he had not talked to Padilla in months. The tenant completed a voluntary statement and reported jewelry and electronics were taken. The approximate value of the items was $1,610.