Seaside Couple Plead Guilty In Bingo Hall Robbery

Marcus Crooms and his girlfriend, Michelle Chioino, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit the robbery with the understanding that Chioino will be placed on probation and sentenced to a maximum of a year in jail when she is sentenced Jan. 18.

Crooms, 25, and Chioino, 27, must register as gang members for five years under the terms of the plea agreement. According to prosecutors, the crime was carried out for the Crips street gang.

In the course of Chioino’s prosecution, her defense attorney, Miguel Hernandez of Salinas, surmised that authorities may have “spliced” the tapes (of jail phone conversations) to implicate his client, whom he said was being singled out for prosecution because several members of her family have run afoul of the law.

Seaside Couple Plead Guilty In Bingo Hall Robbery