|By TIM PRATT tpratt@capgaznewscom; TIM PRATT [email protected]|
"The victims, quite candidly, are entitled to see you in handcuffs going to jail, because that's something that you deserve,"
Hackner sentenced Nowicki to six years, suspending all but 18 months, plus five years of probation, and ordered her to pay
In December Nowicki entered an Alford plea to theft of more than
In exchange for the plea, the state did not prosecute on the remaining counts.
Nowicki on Wednesday said she wanted to take responsibility for her actions, but asked for leniency so she could take care of her elderly parents, who were in the
"The crimes that were committed should not have been committed," she said. "I do take responsibility for what I did, but I will say, as I've always said, that the evidence is misleading. But I truly am sorry and I've tried to live the right way ever since."
Hackner said he found it "interesting" that her new employer, a
The judge also said he felt Nowicki was trying to "manipulate" the court by bringing her parents to the sentencing -- she told him they didn't have a ride home -- so she could begin her sentence at a later time.
"I don't see a person with moral fiber," Hackner said. "I don't a person with good character; I don't see a person with honesty. I see a person who was able to pull the wool over folks for periods of time."
Nowicki was convicted of theft and possession of cocaine in the early 1990s, Hackner said. She also faced other charges over the last 20 years, but wasn't convicted, according to online records.
Since Nowicki's scheme was uncovered,
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