|By Patrick Lakamp, The Buffalo News, N.Y.|
"I hope it's at the
Chick pleaded guilty in December to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.
Chick, who obtained power of attorney from the two women, both of whom are now deceased, used
The judge called Chick's crimes "all the more egregious" because "this was all done to maintain a lifestyle."
"It wasn't that you were homeless," Case told Chick.
Instead, Chick spent the money on an expensive car and boat, Case said.
"You stole from people who trusted you," Case said.
"I would like to apologize to the families and to say that I'm sorry for my conduct," Chick said during the sentencing hearing. "I am mortified. I'm broken. I'm embarrassed. And I don't know what else to say. I hang my head in shame."
Chick could have received up to eight years in state prison and
Case called Chick's sentencing difficult.
A longer jail sentence, which the victims' families may have preferred, would have diminished the judge's ability to set restitution.
Case said he sentenced Chick to the longest term possible that allowed him to require restitution.
Chick agreed to pay
The judge allowed him to begin those payments 30 days after he's released from jail.
Chick, who had been free on his own recognizance, was taken out of court in handcuffs by sheriff's deputies.
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