Arizona woman faces long sentence in coin theft - New York News

Arizona woman faces long sentence in coin theft

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A judge says a woman accused of stealing her former boyfriend's retirement horde of gold coins and using some of the loot to buy cars faces as much as 665 years in prison if convicted.

Judge Jennifer Campbell of Yavapai County Superior Court calculated the potential sentence for Cheryl Clement while reviewing the case against the 59-year-old woman.

Clement began Monday's court hearing by trying to apologize to the victim, but the judge warned her to not say anything that could make her ineligible for a plea bargain offered by prosecutors.

Even under the offered plea agreement, according to the judge, Clement could be sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the coins were worth more than $100,000.

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