Sabrina A. Rodriguez was arrested in August following a criminal investigation in which she was accused of helping to steal nearly $2,500 worth of merchandise from the Coach outlet store in Folsom, California. Her accomplice, then-boyfriend Nicholas Gray, was also arrested in connection with the theft in addition to separate arson and drug-related charges.
After her arrest, Rodriguez resigned as an anchor and reporter at KTXL-TV (Channel 40). She later announced she had severed ties with Gray and would work to restore her name.
Initially charged with three felony counts, Rodriguez entered a “no contest” plea to a single misdemeanor count of grand theft under a deal reached with Sacramento County prosecutors. As part of the deal, Rodriguez will serve three years probation, pay $2,484 in restitution to the Coach store and will make three public speaking engagements.
Before entering the plea on Friday, Rodriguez told The Desk she hopes to pursue a career in public speaking, using her case as a model to help empower women to end toxic relationships. She said she would make additional statements to the press later in the day.