Stealing from elderly lands woman in prison

Published 11:05 pm Saturday, March 14, 2009

Conning elderly people to let their guard down and then stealing their money has netted a woman eight years in prison.

Kimberly Wray, 39, who lists no address on court documents, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to three counts of burglary.

According to information from the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, all three of Wray’s victims were over the age of 80; one was 90 years old.

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In each instance, Wray claimed to be someone the victim knew. She then managed to get inside the house and con them out of money, steal money or both.

“I apologize to the victims,” Wray told Judge D. Scott Bowling. “I am very sorry. I was under the influence of drugs. I know it’s no excuse. If I scared somebody, I’m sorry. That wasn’t my intent. I’m sorry.”

Her attorney, Michael Gleichauf, said Wray is also facing charges in West Virginia and asked that any prison time she gets in Ohio be served concurrently with prison time in West Virginia. Gleichauf said he planned to ask for judicial release at some point during her incarceration.

Also Wednesday, Annie-Laurie Adams, 27, of Ashland, Ky., was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) for her guilty plea to misuse of a credit card.

She must also pay $1,020 in restitution.

“Eleven months in prison is reserved should you fail to abide by these terms,” Bowling said.

Billy A. Shafer, 30, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded no contest to an amended count of misdemeanor assault.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to six months in jail but gave him credit for time served awaiting resolution of his case and suspended the balance.

Shafer was then placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $637 in restitution.

James Jordan, 40, of 125 Township Road 321, Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from the elderly and four counts of breaking and entering.

His victims were individuals, a church and Empire Metal Recycling.

He was sentenced to a total of three years in prison and ordered to pay $8,100 in restitution.

In exchange for his guilty plea, five other, similar charges against him were dismissed.

“My client is 30 years old. You can tell by the sheer volume (of charges) he has a drug problem,” Jordan’s attorney, Warren Morford said.

“This is his third time in court. He was in court in ‘06 and ‘07 and he barely missed ’08. He and his mother are asking for help for his drug addiction.”