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Woman from Springfield Sentenced for Theft, Sending Dog after Police

A woman from Springfield will spend several years on probation after pleading guilty to charges of stealing.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Billie Jean Cummings was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing.

She was also sentenced to 45 days in jail for assault. Both charges were suspended and a judge subsequently gave her five years probation.

Investigators say Cummings and her dog went into a convenience store on January 6 to steal.

Authorities were called to the scene for reports of assault, including her dog attacking people.

When police attempted to arrest Cummings, she began kicking and punching officers, and ordered her dog to attack.