Former MU teaching assistant sentenced for stealing computers

Thursday, February 21, 2008 | 10:05 p.m. CST; updated 6:18 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — A former MU teaching student who stole 16 computers from the university in October was sentenced to probation Tuesday.

Marina D. Somers, 27, of 115 West Blvd., attempted to pawn the stolen computers at Family Pawn, 2416 Paris Road, and Tiger Pawn, 1209 Business Loop 70 E., police said. She was arrested after investigators received records of three of the stolen computers from an online pawn shop database, Leads Online.

Somers, who taught elementary German, pleaded guilty to forgery and causing loss to or theft of over $100,000 in December, according to online court records.

She was sentenced to five years supervised probation and a suspended sentence of three years, according to court documents.

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