STAMFORD — A city woman has been sentenced to five years in jail for organizing the robbery of a friend for what she believed was a wad of money that turned out to be counterfeit bills.

Chantel Brivett, 21, of Henry Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and admitted to three violations of probation before Judge John Blawie. After completing her jail sentence, she will serve another five years special probation, which will send her back to prison if she violates the law.

Brivett was originally charged with second-degree larceny, first-degree robbery, home invasion and conspiracy.

Her criminal defense attorney, Matthew Lloyd Brovender, said he was able to get all but the conspiracy to commit robbery charges thrown out. Brivett faced 10 years in jail on the home invasion charge alone.

“I fought very hard for Chantel and we are very happy with the disposition,” Brovender said. “I’m hopeful that Chantel changes her path. She wants to become a productive member of society and she has a long way to go, but I’m confident she will be able to do it.”

According to her arrest affidavit, Brivett spotted a bunch of cash when she visited the Henry Street apartment of a 53-year-old friend late on Jan. 23, 2017. She returned about two hours later with at least one man and robbed her friend at gunpoint.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com