Couple faces prison in theft from elderly man

February 11, 2009 5:25:41 AM PST
An eastern Pennsylvania couple is being given time to appeal a prison sentence for the theft of $10,000 from an elderly man they cared for in their home. Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin sentenced Robert and Catherine Whitney of Pottsville to 11 to 23 months each in prison, but said they may apply for work-release and made their sentences effective March 16, to allow time to file appeals.

The Whitneys' attorney, Frederick Fanelli, said he believed appeals would be filed, possibly by another attorney.

The two were convicted in December of the theft of $10,000 from Louis Long, an elderly man with dementia who was under their care, during 2005. Long died in 2006. Baldwin also sentenced the Whitneys to pay costs, including $22,650.14 for expert prosecution witnesses, and $10,000 in restitution.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, http://www.republicanherald.com

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