Woman who fled conviction hearing slapped with 13 years 

There goes free-dumb.

The woman who allegedly fled a courtroom during recess after a jury convicted her of burglarizing a home in San Carlos was slapped with a 13-year prison term Friday.

Jennifer Lynn Dickerson, 37, took off from court Nov. 16 and wasn’t found for more than a month, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Authorities found her hiding in an attic in San Bruno, Wagstaffe said.

Dickerson figured there was little reason to stick around after she was found guilty of residential burglary and car theft, Wagstaffe said.

Two years earlier, she broke into a San Carlos home, stole a laptop and drove off with a 1996 Gold Lexus, authorities said. She also left a note on a window at the home asking about the sale of the car that she stole.

Investigators nailed Dickerson after dusting for fingerprint in the Lexus and also finding her clothing inside, Wagstaffe said.

When Dickerson addressed the court during sentencing Friday, she talked about her drug addiction and heralded the positive steps she has taken to improve, Wagstaffe said.

She apologized to her family, but did not apologize to the victims, Wagstaffe said.

“She did not accept responsibility for her crimes in this case or express any remorse to the people she victimized,” he said.

For solely the residential burglary and car theft convictions, Dickerson was slapped with a 13-year prison sentence, with 194 days credit for time already served.

It was a second-strike case, Wagstaffe said.

Dickerson’s bail jumping felony case is pending. She will appear in court for a pretrial conference on the charges on July 19.


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