The woman who admitted to stealing jewelry from people at an elderly living facility in Albemarle County was sentenced to 12 months in jail and must pay $81,000 in restitution.
Fifty-two-year-old Wanda Cousins pleaded guilty in January to stealing from people living at Rosewood Village while she worked there as a cleaning lady. She said she sold the jewelry to support her drug habit.
On the stand Wednesday, Cousins said she is ashamed and apologized to the victims. She has been sober since her arrest and told the court she's taking all the steps to stay sober, get her life back on track, and pay restitution.
A daughter-in-law of one of the victims, who has since passed away, testified to the emotional distress the loss of the sentimental jewelry caused for her family.
Judge Cheryl Higgins said she betrayed some of the most vulnerable members of society, the elderly. She then sentenced Cousins to a total of 45 years for nine larceny charges. The judge suspended all but 12 months and ordered her to pay at least $50 a month in restitution upon her release.
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