BANGOR, Maine — The woman who pawned the rings stolen from the home of former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs was sentenced Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to three years in prison with all but four months suspended on charges related to that theft and two others.
Andrea J. Bouchard, 28, of Old Town admitted earlier this year when she pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property that she pawned items stolen from homes in Bangor, Milford, Old Town and Kenduskeag, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday after her sentencing.
In addition to jail time, Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered Bouchard to be on probation for two years after she completes her sentence, Almy said. The judge also ordered the woman to pay $5,000 in restitution for the pawned items, including some taken from the Stairs’ former residence, that were not recovered;
“Some of the [Stairs’] family jewelry was recovered but not the championship rings,” Almy said after the sentencing.
None of the victims appeared in court Wednesday.
Bouchard remains free on $1,000 bail. Anderson ordered her to begin serving her sentence on Nov. 6 at the Penobscot County Jail.
Charges against Bouchard’s husband, Jamie M. Bouchard, 34, of Old Town are pending, according to the district attorney.
Jamie Bouchard pleaded not guilty earlier this month to two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking. He is being held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail set at $30,000, according to a previously published report.
Stairs was in Canada for his induction into New Brunswick’s Sports Hall of Fame the weekend of June 9-10 when his daughter called to say the family home in Bangor had been burglarized, according to a previously published report. The burglars took jewelry, including his National League and American League championship rings, a National League championship pendant belonging to his wife, and some watches.
The Moncton, New Brunswick, native now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Stairs said in July that the family had discussed the move for years and the recent house burglary expedited the decision. Stairs bought a house in Bangor in November 2000, the same day he was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs.
He said earlier this year that he would continue to work as a part-time studio analyst for Boston Red Sox games with the New England Sports Network. He is in his first year with NESN.