Woman connected to alleged burglar set to be sentenced

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An alleged local burglary ring is headed toward its next court dates. Stephanie Jean Cooke-Perez, 27, admitted to a violation of probation and pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance, according to Prosecutor Jennifer Miszkewycz. Cooke-Perez is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18 in Auburn’s Placer County Jail courtroom. Her expected sentence is three years in prison for the probation violation and eight months for possession of a controlled substance, Miszkewycz said. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cooke-Perez along with Auburn resident Joseph William Einspahr, 30, Jayme Lynn Salcedo, 34, Karissa Dawn Yeager, 27, and Amanda Marie Jojo, 21, in November in connection with several Auburn-area home and vehicle burglaries. The five were charged with burglary, possessing stolen property and possessing drugs. Miszkewycz said the Placer County District Attorney’s Office never charged Cooke-Perez for the case involving Einspahr and the other women. “She was never in that case,” she said. “She wasn’t involved in the larger theft case that we know of.” Einspahr, Salcedo and Jojo are scheduled for an early status conference at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in the jail courtroom. Yeager is scheduled for an early status conference at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 in the jail courtroom. Miszkewycz said she is expecting the case might move forward on Jan. 25. Cooke-Perez and Einspahr are being held in Placer County Jail and are ineligible for bail. Jojo, Salcedo and Yeager are out of custody on bail. Reach Bridget Jones at