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A Laguna Hills woman pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to 16 months in prison Wednesday for planting weapons and drugs in another woman’s truck in an effort to get her arrested.

Jennifer Michele Beale, 37, who has been in custody since her arrest April 14, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a crime, false imprisonment — both felonies — and misdemeanor counts of making a false report of an emergency and altering evidence.

Kevin Brown, 42, who is out of custody and faces the same charges, was next due in court Aug. 26.

Brown also faces a sentence-enhancement allegation for having a prior conviction for second-degree burglary in 2010 in Los Angeles County, according to the criminal complaint.

The two are accused of planting a BB gun, a 12-inch hunting knife and methamphetamine in the bed of a truck belonging to a 40-year-old woman they know on March 23, Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols said when the duo was charged in April.

The next morning, Beale sent an email to the Orange County Crime Stoppers organization to falsely report she saw the woman waving a gun around during an argument, Nichols said.

Beale called 911 at 11:30 a.m. that day and filed another bogus report alleging she saw the woman — whose name was withheld — waving a gun during an argument, the prosecutor said.

Orange County sheriff’s investigators found the gun and drugs in the victim’s truck when they went to her home, but she recognized the sunglasses case packed with methamphetamine as belonging to Beale and investigators turned their focus to the two defendants, according to Nichols.

Nichols declined to comment on what allegedly motivated Beale and Brown to try to get the woman arrested.

–City News Service

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