Woman sentenced for stealing from elderly victim to buy meth

2013-06-27T14:10:00Z 2013-06-27T22:00:06Z Woman sentenced for stealing from elderly victim to buy methGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 35-year-old Billings woman was given a six-year deferred sentence Thursday for stealing from a 100-year-old woman.

Kimberly Marie Kelch was also ordered to pay $6,731 in restitution and a $500 fine, write a letter of apology to the victim and perform 100 hours of community service for a felony charge of exploitation of an older person.

Kelch apologized before Judge Susan Watters imposed the sentence.

Kelch was working for a private home care company and providing services to the victim between October 2011 and February 2012. The elderly woman's son noticed several checkbooks had been taken and used to make nearly 50 purchases.

When questioned, Kelch admitted to taking the checks and forging them to buy gift cards, which she then used to buy methamphetamine.  

A felony forgery charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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