'Swift Justice' guest gets 30 days on work crew

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver woman has been sentenced to 30 days on a work crew for stealing from her son in 2011.

Hazel E. Trent, 53, had a moment of fame in 2012 when she was on CBS's "Swift Justice with Jackie Glass" to resolve a civil suit her son filed related to the theft. Trent brought her service Chihuahua, Max, onto the show.

Trent pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree identity theft and second-degree possession of stolen property. In addition to sentencing her to work crew, Judge David Gregerson required her to pay about $863 in restitution and

$800 in other court fees and fines.

Trent initially was referred to a Clark County criminal diversion program, which would have allowed her to avoid a felony conviction. However, she was kicked out of the program after she failed to make payments toward $800 in restitution and $1,000 in diversion program fees, according to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The diversion program dismisses criminal charges in exchange for staying out of trouble for a year and paying restitution and court and attorney fees. It's generally offered to first-time offenders charged with nonviolent offenses.

Trent is accused of stealing her son's debit card and withdrawing more than $3,000.

On the TV show, Judge Glass awarded Trent's son $5,000.