Former USD basketball star sentenced for thefts on Marine base
SAN DIEGO — A one-time University of San Diego basketball star was sentenced Monday to 90 days of house arrest and three years’ probation for thefts she committed at Camp Pendleton to fund her gambling addiction, including stealing thousands of dollars worth of cash wedding gifts from a just- married couple.
In handing down the punishment to 26-year-old Dominique Conners, U.S. District Judge Michael Anello also ordered the Oceanside resident to pay $11,779 in restitution to the newlywed victims, who at the time of the crime were staying in a cottage at Del Mar Beach Resort on the North County military base.
According to court documents, Conners’ thefts began shortly after she returned to the United States from a trip to Europe. Records showed that she was gambling away several thousand dollars a week and had access to the USMC base because her father is a retired Marine.
While investigating the theft at the beach cottage, military police found footprints on a windowsill that matched shoes that Conners owned, court documents state.
Authorities also linked Conners to several unrelated vehicle thefts. In those cases, she stole cash and gift cards from unlocked cars in beach areas. The judge ordered Conners to pay restitution for those crimes as well.
During her arraignment in the case last November, the defendant was ordered to attend counseling for gambling addiction.
Conners led the Toreros in scoring each of her final three seasons and was a three-time first-team All-West Conference selection in a college career that concluded in 2012. She played professionally in the Czech Republic.