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S.C. woman arrested and jailed for 9 years overdue video rental

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Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens County, S.C., was taken by surprise when she visited the local police station on the evening of Feb. 13 to report an unspecified crime, but ended up being arrested and jailed for not returning a video she had rented about nine years ago.

Fox News reported that Finley had rented the video “Monster-in-Law” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda back in 2005 – but never returned the tape to the now defunct video rental store, Dalton Video.

Turns out, the owner of Dalton Video, P.J. Dalton, didn’t take the fact that Finley didn’t return the tape lightly. He went to court in 2005 and managed to get a local judge to issue a warrant against the scofflaw video renter.

When Finley went to the police station to report that unspecified crime, she ended up spending the night in the Pickens County Jail after sheriff’s deputies there ran a background check on her and discovered the active warrant.

WBTV reported:

According to her warrant, Finley reportedly was mailed several warnings by Dalton, and then finally documentation of the court action, but she now claims she never received any of the correspondence.

“It’s obvious that Pickens County has nothing better to do,” Finley told WHNS. “I fully intend on fighting this, it’s ridiculous I had this happen to me,” she said.

Finley was charged with “failure to return a video or cassette,” which is a misdemeanor petite larceny.

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