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Two-time parole violator sentenced

May 04, 2001

Two-time parole violator sentenced



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ran out of patience with Susan Rebecca McGlaughlin Thursday, sentencing her to serve eight months in jail for violating her probation - again.

"I think you are playing the system for all it's worth," McDowell said, sharing his doubts about her honesty.

In August 1999, the 49-year-old Sharpsburg woman first came before McDowell. Charged with theft, she claimed she was merely using $1,400 of Taco Bell's money as leverage to get two paychecks she said her former employer owed her.

The jury in that case convicted her of felony theft. McDowell gave her a two-year suspended prison sentence - right after she repaid Taco Bell representatives the $1,415.84 bank deposit she failed to make on Aug. 10, 1998, when she was assistant manager of the Wesel Boulevard fast food restaurant.

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McGlaughlin, of 17523 Longstreet Circle, Sharpsburg, was placed on probation for two years in 1999 and ordered to have a drug/alcohol evaluation.

That evaluation was prompted by a second conviction, this one for an alcohol-related driving offense for which she received an additional six months in jail, also suspended.

In 2000, according to court records, McGlaughlin was convicted of an alcohol-related probation violation. That landed her in jail, where she completed the Jail Substance Abuse Program.

The latest probation violation involved a charge of driving while her license was revoked, heard in Washington County District Court in October 2000. She received probation before judgment, court records said.

Since then, McGlaughlin's legal problems have compounded.

"She failed to appear in court once, missed appointments with her probation agent and two JSAP aftercare sessions," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion. "The state feels jail time is appropriate."

A niece and a sister told McDowell that McGlaughlin has controlled her drinking and was involved in charitable work in her community.

"I'm sorry for the whole thing," McGlaughlin said. "I'm tired of being afraid to go out of my own house."

Still, McDowell was unimpressed.

"I remember the 1999 theft case being particularly deceitful," he said. "And there are other issues about your truthfulness."

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