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Salem woman took $5 back from panhandler

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SALEM, OR (AP) -

A woman who gave $5 to a panhandler in Salem and then took it back at gunpoint pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree robbery.

The Statesman Journal reports 26-year-old Meghan Fleming faces two years' probation when she is sentenced Jan. 17 in Marion County Circuit Court.

Her lawyer says the incident last September with a pellet pistol could be explained by a change in Fleming's medication and an aggressive panhandler.

The court is deciding whether Fleming will be sentenced for a misdemeanor or felony. A felony conviction would prevent her from continuing to work as a caregiver for a relative.

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