Jamesha Nakema Corpening, 42, of Morganton

A Morganton woman will spend up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, according to a press release from the 36th district attorney’s office.

Jamesha Nakema Corpening, 42, was sentenced to five to eight years in prison by Louis A. Trosch, superior court judge from Mecklenburg County, following her guilty pleas to breaking/entering, obtaining property by false pretense, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to the release.

Corpening’s sentence was enhanced by her habitual felon status, which stems from prior convictions for obtaining property by false pretense in March 2011 and financial card theft in March 2014, each in Burke County, and obtaining property by false pretense in November 2016 in Alamance County, according to the release.

According to the release, investigators from Morganton Department of Public Safety investigated a string of crimes committed by Corpening during the last four months of 2018. On Sept. 19, 2018, the woman stole a cell phone from a Morganton business and later deposited the phone in a machine in exchange for cash.

A week later, the garage door of a local business was pried open and a cash register, jewelry, checkbooks, cash and a .22-caliber pistol were taken. Corpening was later identified as a suspect and admitted to her involvement in the crime, the release said.

On Oct. 4, 2018, Corpening stole a Honda Accord from a Burke County resident. A day later, she was stopped in possession of the car, which had been reported stolen. According to the release, the defendant was at the victim’s house a week earlier asking for money, but he did not know her,

Corpening stole a Toyota Camry belonging to a 71-year-old Burke County woman on Dec. 17, 2018. The defendant was spotted the next day with the vehicle and also had other personal items belonging to the victim.

Investigators Kyle Goforth and Ryan Stotts handled the cases for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Jonathan Greer prosecuted the matters for the District Attorney’s Office.

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