Monday, December 31, 2012
A woman by the name of Angel Edmonds was convicted of stealing the life savings of an elderly woman in her care. According to Hernando Today, "Judge Daniel Merritt Sr. sentenced the 37-year-old woman to two years of house arrest, requiring the mother of three to repay Florence Butler at least $900 a month until the $60,000 she stole in 2011 was repaid."
According to the family of Butler, Edmonds had take care of Butler since 2008 and they cannot believe that she could have stolen from Butler. Edmonds used the money to purchase several luxury items, including "a SUV, a dog costing more than $1,000, concert tickets, satellite radio, toys and music purchases." Because of the extravagant and unnecessary purchases, the prosecutor stated that Edmonds should receive no less than 5 years in prison. Judge Merritt disagreed with this assessment but not for the reasons given. In fact, Judge Merritt claimed that the only reason that Edmonds was not going to jail was because she has small children and still needs to repay Butler. Thankfully for Butler, Edmonds recently found employment. The family of the victim also received the SUV that Edmonds bought with Butler's money.
See Wendy Joan Biddlecombe, Woman Who Stole $60,000 From Client Gets Probation, Hernando Today, Dec. 30, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.