DANVILLE -- A mother of three will serve time in jail for helping two local teens who burglarized the concession stand at the F.Q. Hartman Field last summer.

Katherine Maxwell, 29, of 16 Walnut St., was sentenced to two to 23 months in county jail by Columbia-Montour President Judge Scott W. Naus on charges of corrupting minors and receiving stolen property for driving the two boys, ages 16 and 14 at the time, from the football field on Aug. 21 with the stolen items in her van.

Danville police said Maxwell knew of the burglary plan when it was discussed during a football practice by the two teens and another juvenile, when she attended cheerleading practice with her daughters (11, 8, and 6 years old).

Maxwell left before the teens broke into the concession stand between 8 p.m. and midnight and stole an assortment of candy and other items. The teens took a bulk of the items to the 16-year-old's home before returning to the field for the remaining items, police said.

Maxwell was then called by the 14-year-old boy to come to the field, according to police.

There, the teens loaded her van with "a large amount of food items" before she drove the boys to an undisclosed location, dropped them off and left with the items, according to police.

Montour County District Attorney Robert Buehner Jr. said Maxwell should've known better to get involved with the juveniles based on her struggles getting her 11-year-old to school. Maxwell was cited last year for truancy issues with her oldest daughter, according to Buehner.

"It's apparent (she) has problems with children," Buehner said. "In dealing with her own kids, then becoming involved with the kids here who weren't much older than her oldest daughter, she should know it wasn't the right path to take."

Naus echoed Buehner's statements.

"If you're saying you can't get a (11-year-old) up for school, then I don't know why you would get involved with a (14- and 16-year-old) and get in this predicament," Naus said. "That answer doesn't satisfy me."

Maxwell, who received credit for 10 days already served in jail, will be eligible for work release.

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