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Former KTXL news anchor Sabrina Rodriguez sentenced to probation in grand theft case

Sabrina-Rodriguez_2997288bA former Sacramento television news anchor who was arrested in connection with the theft of designer wallets has been sentenced to three years probation.

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.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).