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

(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.

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Sep 26, 2012 7:10 PM CDT
should serve all 24 years. she is real scum!
Sep 25, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
Some people have no shame. When my mom was hospitalized for the last time I wanted to give her a necklace I'd made for her birthday and the staff at the home told me not to because it'd be stolen. She died a week after her birthday and I was never able to give it to her which bothers me to this day.
Sep 25, 2012 6:28 PM CDT
This should be a wake up call for the world. Don't go to a hospital unless you are unconscious. If you are have a relative take your jewelry and gold teeth and put it in a safe place. They will probably take all your stuff anyway to pay your bill when you and if you ever check out. Over staffed greedy bastards.