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Masury woman pleads guilty to theft

WARREN — A Masury woman faces a possible prison sentence of between six and 42 months after she pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple charges in the theft of more than $1,000 from an elderly Brookfield woman, for whom she cared.

Kayla E. Taylor, 28, of First Street, was convicted of theft from a person in a protected class, two counts of forgery and obstruction of official business.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice will sentence Taylor after she undergoes a background investigation compiled by probation officers.

Taylor’s attorney, Rhys Brendan Cartwright-Jones, arranged the plea for his client after Rice told the defendant this was her last chance to accept any deals with prosecutors before the scheduled March 7 jury trial.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael A. Burnett said the case dealt with the theft in excess of $1,000 in cash from a 76-year-old woman. Burnett said Taylor was also accused of forging two of the woman’s checks — which totaled $300. Then, Burnett said the defendant was not truthful when approached by the victim about the missing money.

Burnett said he was happy about the plea arrangement because this will save the elderly woman the stress from testifying at trial.

Rice wanted to make sure restitution was taken care of prior to sentencing.

Taylor remains free after posting $2,500 bond, and the judge continued the order she have no contact with the victim.

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