The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a 65-year prison term imposed on a central Ohio woman who pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry and other valuables from several dozen elderly residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Former nurse’s aide Susan Gwynne pleaded guilty in 2016 to 46 of 101 charges, including burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. As part of a plea deal, she acknowledged stealing jewelry, watches and other items from residents of senior living facilities. Gwynne told the judge she began stealing items from patients’ rooms to support her cocaine habit while working as a nurse at an assisted living facility in 2004. She said she was later fired but kept going to facilities in Delaware County and Franklin County in her uniform and stealing from rooms. Investigators found more than 3,000 items at her home. OHIO OVERTURNS CONVICTION OF MAN FACING UP TO 12 YEARS FOR STEALING LEAF BLOWER FORMER POLICE OFFICERS SENTENCED FOR STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM DRIVERS DURING TRAFFIC STOPS The high court's decision Wednesday follows a tangled history of appeals. The trial court imposed consecutive sentences, saying "no single prison term" would be adequate given the serious offenses. In 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeals overturned the sentence, citing Gwynne's age and status as a nonviolent first-time offender. It said a 15-year prison term was appropriate. The high court reversed that decision in 2019 and told the appeals court to reconsider. The lower court then upheld the 65-year term, saying it had no authority to modify the consecutive sentences. OHIO MAN ALLEGEDLY STEALS 58-FOOT BRIDGE FROM PARK, CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT The state Supreme Court voted 4-3 in December to send the case back for reconsideration again. But in January — after control of the high court shifted parties — it voted 4-3 to reconsider its own decision. Last week, a divided high court ruled that the consecutive terms were properly imposed. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Gwynne, now 62 and incarcerated at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, isn't scheduled for release until 2081.
30 Ekim 2023 - 14:30
Former Ohio nurse's aid receives 65 years behind bars after stealing from elderly residents
A former Ohio nurse's aid who admitted to the theft of jewelry and other valuable items from assisted living facilities has received a reaffirmed 65-year prison sentence.
30 Ekim 2023 - 14:30