Woman to serve 17-40 years in connection with Ulta Beauty robbery

A woman has been sentenced to prison in connection to a robbery at Ulta Beauty in Green Oak Township in January.
A woman has been sentenced to prison in connection to a robbery at Ulta Beauty in Green Oak Township in January.

HOWELL — A woman has been sentenced to prison in connection to a robbery at Ulta Beauty in Green Oak Township in January.

Tirezah Scott, 51, was sentenced to 17-40 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on Thursday, Dec. 7, in Livingston County 44th Circuit Court before Chief Judge Michael Hatty.

Scott received credit for 328 days served in jail. She must pay court fines and costs, including roughly $9,200 in restitution.

Scott pled guilty in October to nine charges: one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of first-degree retail fraud, one count of employer's failure to contribute to agreed benefit plan, two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, and one count of deactivation/removal of a theft detection device. Scott was charged as a fourth offense habitual offender.

Scott is one of five women charged in connection with the organized retail theft incident, which ended in a police shooting at Ulta Beauty. The Green Oak Township Police Department previously said five suspects entered the store on Jan. 12 and were filling a bag with merchandise. One suspect fled on foot, while the others got in two separate vehicles and began to drive away.

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According to Michigan State Police, while a trooper was attempting to arrest the woman who fled on foot, the second vehicle drove directly at him. He fired his weapon, and the car was struck. There were no injuries. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot after colliding with the back of Men’s Wearhouse.

Livingston County Assistant Prosecutor Kollette Bordeaux told the court Thursday that Scott was a “career criminal” with 27 prior felonies and 15 prior misdemeanors. Bordeaux said Scott has victimized many businesses in Livingston County and other areas.

“Ms. Scott has done nothing to show she’s been willing to change,” Bordeaux said.

Five public safety officials involved in the incident sat in the jury box during sentencing. Bordeaux said they didn't wish to give victim impact statements, but wanted to hear the outcome of the case.

Carla Marable, attorney for Scott, asked the court to sentence toward the lower end of the guidelines and suggested Scott receive intense psychological treatment.

“Ms. Scott has a very tough life that the prosecution cannot relate to or comprehend,” Marable said.

Scott tearfully apologized to the court.

“I’m very remorseful and I’m sorry I came into your county and did this,” Scott said.

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Hatty said Scott’s prior criminal history and the seriousness of the crime “easily warrant” a greater sentence.

“This court cannot sit by idly and watch our storekeepers be put at risk like this,” he said.

Shanel Webster, 30; Joya Williams, 36; Laronda Chase, 26; and Kari Williams, 28; were also charged in connection to the incident.

Webster faces 15 charges: armed robbery, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, conducting a criminal enterprise, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of first-degree retail fraud, employer's failure to contribute to agreed benefit plan, fleeing a police officer in the third degree, uttering and publishing, assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), malicious destruction of fire or police property, and three counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. Webster had a settlement conference scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8.

Joya Williams, Chase and Kari Williams each face six charges, including conducting a criminal enterprise, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of first-degree retail fraud and employer's failure to contribute to agreed benefit plan. Joya Williams was scheduled for a settlement conference Friday, Dec. 8. Chase and Kari Williams are scheduled to be sentenced in January 2024.

— Contact reporter Evan Sasiela at esasiela@livingstondaily.com. Follow him on Twitter @SalsaEvan.

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