Video: Fayetteville, Arkansas woman, Maxine Feldstein sentenced to 15 years jail after pretending to be sheriff’s deputy to break free her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe.
An Arkansas woman who posed as a California sheriff’s deputy to break her boyfriend out of jail has been sentenced to effective 15 years prison.
Maxine Feldstein, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday to several charges, including criminal impersonation, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but half her sentence was suspended by the judge, KFSM-TV reported.
According to filed court documents, both Feldstein and her boyfriend Nicholas Lowe were arrested on July 14, 2018, and booked into the Washington County Detention Center. Feldstein was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver but bonded out the next day. Lowe, however, remained in jail, on hold from Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in California for false impersonation. It was soon after a plan was hatched to free Lowe.
Maxine Feldstein makes the ultimate sacrifice for her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe:
In July, Feldstein posed as deputy ‘L. Kershaw,’ with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, at the Washington County Jail, and presented forged documents to fool those at the jail into freeing her boyfriend.
Lowe reportedly told Feinstein to pose as a deputy from the sheriff’s office according to court documents. Lowe told his girlfriend she should tell the jail staff that the sheriff’s office was ‘having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended.’
Two days later, a real Ventura County sheriff’s deputy called the jail to let them know he was on his way to pick up Lowe, which is when jail officials realized what happened.
The couple was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas about a month , on August 17th after the incident- coincidentally the same city where the couple had been initially jailed.
In court earlier this week, Feldstein also pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal impersonation, forgery and third-degree escape. In February, Lowe pleaded guilty to third-degree escape and was given a year in prison, with credit for time served, and will be suspended for five years once he’s released.