Nurses' Aide Stole Wedding Bands From Vets

Virginia woman gets 5 years for thefts at nursing home

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 25, 2012 4:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – A nurses' assistant at a state nursing home for veterans in Virginia has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling rings that were stripped from the fingers of patients under her care. Ashley Michelle Sweeney, 24, was sentenced in Roanoke to 24 years in prison, although all but five were suspended. She also was ordered to never work as a nurse or nurses' assistant again.

The Roanoke Times reports that in tearful testimony, Sweeney said she pawned four wedding bands taken from patients at the Virginia Veterans Care Center to support her drug addiction. Prosecutors say another aide and Sweeney's former partner took the rings from the patients and gave them to Sweeney. Brittney Heather Cook is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

A nurses' assistant is going to prison for stealing wedding bands from veterans in a nursing home.
A nurses' assistant is going to prison for stealing wedding bands from veterans in a nursing home.   (Shutterstock)
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