Woman sent to prison for theft

CHRISTINE WILSON and her attorney Carroll Creighton listen to proceedings during her sentencing hearing Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The McComb woman was given a three-year prison term for stealing from her former employer. (Photo by Ryan Dunn)

CHRISTINE WILSON and her attorney Carroll Creighton listen to proceedings during her sentencing hearing Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The McComb woman was given a three-year prison term for stealing from her former employer. (Photo by Ryan Dunn)

By RYAN DUNN
STAFF WRITER

OTTAWA — A McComb woman will return to prison after she was convicted of stealing cash from an employer for the second time.

Christine M. Wilson, 50, was sentenced Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court to serve three years in prison and pay restitution of about $89,100 to Cherry’s Propane Service of Ottawa.

A jury last month found Wilson guilty of theft and tampering with records, each a fourth-degree felony. They concluded she victimized the business from November 2008 through December 2012.

Wilson stole from Cherry’s on more than 200 occasions, Judge Randall Basinger said Thursday.

Cherry’s hired Wilson to give her a second chance following her conviction for stealing from another business, Bradley Cherry told the judge.

“She repeatedly made the choice to take money and maintain her high standard of living,” he said.

Cherry family members said after the hearing they were pleased with the sentence.

Wilson did not speak during sentencing. Her attorney said she plans to appeal the conviction.

In imposing the maximum sentence, Judge Basinger referred to the “similar set of circumstances” in Wilson’s criminal background.

Wilson was found guilty of stealing about $68,800 from Peoples Bank between November 1994 and January 1999 while employed as a teller.

A U.S. District Court judge in Toledo sentenced her in February 2000 to a year and a day in federal prison.

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