A Pickaway County woman was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday for stealing the ring of a 92-year-old resident of Arbors of London in March.
Heather Scott, 33, of South Bloomfield in Pickaway County, worked at the facility at the time.
Scott pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court in June to theft.
Scott begged Judge Eamon Costello for a probationary sentence, saying she pocketed the ring for safekeeping and did not intend to steal it.
Scott said she was having a bad day at work and forgot she had the ring until she was driving home.
But Costello pointed out Scott left her job without notifying supervisors, then pawned the ring in Columbus on the same day it turned up missing.
In addition, Scott tested positive for both cocaine and marijuana use prior to Friday’s sentencing.
“I am not a regular (drug) user,” Scott insisted.
But Costello wasn’t buying that excuse. He ordered the woman cuffed and jailed, despite her continuing protests.
He also ordered Scott to repay the victim $20 — the cost of recovering the ring from the pawn shop.
Also on Friday, a former London PNC Bank employee admitted to stealing cash several times from an ATM machine at the bank last fall.
Andrew Hackett, 26, of Springfield entered a conditional guilty plea to a single count of theft. An additional charge of tampering with records was dismissed by the prosecutor’s office.
Hackett attributed his actions to drinking and gambling problems and was deemed clinically eligible for mental health treatment instead of conviction. Court staff will determine Hackett’s legal eligibility for treatment prior to a Sept. 23 sentencing.
The charge is a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Hackett remains free on bond pending the September sentencing.
In other common pleas court action last week:
• Brandon D.I. Noland, 23, of Columbus, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for fleeing West Jefferson police on April 7, 2013.
He pleaded guilty in June to failure to comply, a third-degree felony.
Noland’s lengthy criminal history and ongoing drug problem made him ineligible for probation.
• April Mills, 44, of Columbus, was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling marijuana into London Correctional Institution on March 16.
Mills also agreed to testify against her co-defendant, LoCI inmate Paul Stapleton, as part of a plea bargain. She will receive credit for 4.5 months already served in Tri-County Regional Jail.
• Jeremy Nagel, 36, of London, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for possessing heroin on Aug. 13, 2013.
Costello denied a request by defense attorney Dale Frenz for drug treatment instead of prison for Nagel. Costello cited Nagel’s long criminal history and previous failed attempts at treatment.
“You were given that opportunity and didn’t take it seriously,” Costello said.
• Scott Herdman, 22, of Plain City, pleaded guilty to complicity to traffic heroin and possession of the drug earlier this year. Additional trafficking charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Herdman faces up to 30 months in prison and $7,500 in fines for the convictions. However, he likely to receive a community control sentence, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.
Costello set sentencing for Sept. 23.
• Amy L. Sias, 24, of West Jefferson, was charged with forging a $385 check at a London business on Oct. 18, 2013.
Costello appointed Dale Frenz to represent Sias at an Oct. 7 trial.
Sias remains free on a signature bond and house arrest.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.