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Calif. judge sentences elderly gem thief to jail

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- An 83-year-old woman authorities say has spent much of her life stealing stuff has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking a $22,500 diamond ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1iwd59V ) reports Doris Payne pleaded guilty Monday in Riverside Superior Court.

Judge William Lebov ordered Payne to serve two years under mandatory supervision after she is released and to stay away from jewelry stores.

Prosecutors sought a six-year sentence.

Riverside County district attorney spokesman John Hall says Payne's criminal record dates to 1952.

In 2011 she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing a $16,000 ring from a Santa Monica store.

She had been out of prison a few months when she took the $22,500 ring from El Paseo Jewelers.

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