A Former Ohio Nurse’s Assistant Was Sentenced To 65 Years In Prison For Robbing Elderly Individuals

A woman from central Ohio who admitted to stealing jewellery and other valuables from several dozen senior people of assisted living and nursing homes was given a 65-year jail sentence, which the Ohio Supreme Court upheld.

In 2016, Susan Gwynne, a former nurse’s assistant, entered a guilty plea to 46 out of 101 offences, which included theft, burglary, and receiving stolen items. She admitted stealing watches, jewellery, and other goods from senior care facility residents as part of a plea agreement.

A Former Ohio Nurse's Assistant Was Sentenced To 65 Years In Prison For Robbing Elderly Individuals

When Gwynne was employed as a nurse at an assisted living facility in 2004, she told the judge that she started stealing things from patients’ rooms to fund her cocaine habit. She claimed that even after being dismissed, she continued to go to facilities in Delaware and Franklin counties while wearing her uniform and robbing rooms. At her house, investigators discovered almost 3,000 objects.

The complicated path of appeals culminates in the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday.

Given the seriousness of the offences, the trial court decided that “no single prison term” would be appropriate and therefore issued consecutive terms. The Fifth District Court of Appeals reversed the sentence in 2017, pointing to Gwynne’s age and her status as a first-time, nonviolent offender. It stated that a 15-year prison sentence was suitable.

In 2019, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and instructed the Appellate Court to reexamine. Afterwards, the lower court maintained the 65-year sentence, stating that it lacked the power to change the consecutive sentences.

In December, the Texas Supreme Court voted 4–3 to remand the matter for further review. However, in January, the high court ruled 4-3 to reevaluate its own ruling following a change in party control.

A split high court decided last week that the consecutive terms were rightly enforced.

Gwynne, who is currently 62 years old and confined at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, is not expected to be released until 2081, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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