Failure to pay restitution nets 4 years

September 22, 1998

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after a Washington County Circuit judge found out she hadn't made one penny of the $13,477.51 in restitution ordered 18 months ago.

Shirley M. Goshorn, 55, of 665 Oak Hill Ave., was found guilty of uttering and violation of probation by Judge Donald Beachley.

She is awaiting sentencing on three similar cases in Washington County District Court, where she appeared before Judge Ralph France on Sept. 16. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation before sentencing her there, court records showed.

In July, 1991, Goshorn was living with the victim, an elderly man who received Social Security benefits.

When a check for $13,477.51 came in, Goshorn endorsed the check, put it in her bank account and then took out cash when she needed it, court records said.


She also gave the victim several large amounts of cash which he gambled away,court records said.

Goshorn was charged in 1996.

When the case came to trial on April 21, 1997, former Washington County Circuit Judge Darrow Glaser gave Goshorn probation before judgment for uttering the check, and ordered her to pay restitution.

- Staff Writer Marlo Barnhart

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