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Girl, 17, sentenced in theft

March 24, 1998

Girl, 17, sentenced in theft

Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone sentenced a West Virginia girl Monday to three years in prison for stealing from an older woman.

Amanda Kerns, 17, of Ranson, W.Va., pleaded guilty to forgery and felony theft that involved getting the homebound woman's checks out of her mail and forging and cashing them in Washington County, according to court records.

The sum of those checks was just under $4,000, court records said. Restitution includes $3,478 to Home Federal and $500 to First National Bank.

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Kerns told Boone she split the money with several other girls who face similar charges in West Virginia in connection with the same woman.

"I know you are young but you knew what you were doing," Boone said.

For each charge, Boone sentenced the girl to 10 years in prison, suspending all but three years. Once released, she will be on probation for five years.

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