Mother of four pays big price for crimes
A Batesville woman will be spending a lot of time in prison for her involvement in helping a friend in a scheme to steal medications and other small items from people’s homes.
Shannon Fledderman, 39, would take names and addresses of patients from a hospital employee, Christa Comer, and look for ones who had specific medications such as hydrocodone, Adderall, etc. She then burglarized those homes taking medications and other items such as shoes and small kitchen appliances.
Fledderman pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit a Burglary, Level Four Felony, with other counts dismissed since she had been a cooperating witness in the case against Christa Comer. Fledderman found out earlier this month that Ripley County would add 6 years of imprisonment with 3 suspended, to the already 8 years with 1 suspended she was sentenced to in Dearborn County. Her total is 14 years with four suspended, meaning she will serve 10 years total.
Judge Jeffrey Sharp heard the Ripley County case and noted that the mitigating factors were that she had pled guilty and did show genuine remorse for what she had done. She also had already completed a year-long program, Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS), which is a rigorous program requiring a total of 320 hours of community service. It also has the defendant participating in a variety of classes that are focused on substance abuse, character development and life skills. Fledderman testified that she had completed over 500 hours of community service and provided a two-page list of classes that she participated in including Bridges to Life, a 14-week victim impact class and Breaking the Cycle, a two-month substance abuse class dealing with all aspects of addiction – coping skills, and alternative thinking.
The court also considered the fact that she has four children, a son who is 21-years old and three daughters: 18, 14, and 10 years of age.
The aggravating factor to the judge was the fact that Fledderman conspired with someone in a position of trust or control of victims’ medical records to determine which homes would likely contain narcotic prescription medications.
The court considered everything and then sentenced Fledderman to six years imprisonment with three suspended for the crimes committed in Ripley County.
Christa Comer, 49, Osgood, has already been sentenced in the matter. She pled guilty to two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Level Four Felonies. She was sentenced earlier to 90 days in the Department of Corrections on August 23, 2018, followed by 21 months GPS monitoring and four years probation.