Fort Valley – A man and a woman were sentenced to prison last week for their part in a three-county crime spree.
Christopher Sean Wright, 47, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor theft by taking, second degree criminal damage to property, misdemeanor obstruction and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Shannon Danielle Orban, 38, pleaded guilty to fiduciary theft, financial transaction card fraud, misdemeanor theft by taking and second degree criminal damage to property. Both Wright and Orban entered their pleas in Peach County Superior Court.
Wright and Orban were each sentenced to 10 years and must serve the first four years in prison. Both must also pay $4,000 restitution to the Peachy Clean Car Wash in Byron. Orban additionally must pay $294 restitution to the Byron Elementary School PTO.
If the cases had gone to trial, prosecutor Neil Halvorson would have presented evidence showing that Wright and Orban participated in a string of crimes between 2016 and 2019, including:
In 2016, Orban stole a $294 bank deposit while volunteering in the Byron Elementary School’s school store.
In March 2018, Wright was found in possession of methamphetamine.
In July 2018, Wright and Orban stole $300 and caused $4,000 damage by prying open machines at the Peachy Clean Car Wash in Byron.
Between November 2018 and January 2019 Wright and Orban unlawfully entered vehicles in Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties. After entering the vehicles, Wright and Orban took purses, check books, GPS units and other valuables.
On Jan. 13, 2019, Orban fraudulently tried to use a debit card stolen from a car in Crawford County to obtain cash at a bank in Byron.
On Feb. 1, 2019, the Byron Police noticed a broken down vehicle at the Freshway Market on GA Highway 49 that matched the description of a car used in the entering auto incidents. They found Orban behind the wheel and arrested her on outstanding warrants. Wright was also apprehended in the area after a foot chase. Officers found a “window punch” on his person at the time of his arrest.
Speaking after the hearings, District Attorney David Cooke said, “These defendants have been a menace to people in three counties. While behind bars, I hope they learn a lesson most of the rest of us learned in grade school – Leave other people’s things alone.”
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Contact: Amy Leigh Womack