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Corsica man gets 30 days for taking $27,463.55 from grandmother

The Douglas County courthouse. (Republic file photo)

ARMOUR—A Corsica man who spent more than $27,000 of his grandmother's money but neglected to pay her nursing home bills was sentenced Thursday to spend 30 days in jail.

David Stetson, 48, was convicted of theft by exploitation and was also ordered to pay restitution and serve five years probation.

Stetson became the power of attorney for his grandmother in April 2015. From that point until March 2018, Stetson used a total of $27,463.55 of his grandmother's money to pay for his own bills, groceries and other purchases.

According to court documents, on Nov. 7, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the nursing home where Stetson's grandmother had been living since late 2016. The nursing home staff said they had not received payment since Stetson's grandmother was placed there, and that as of Sept. 1, 2017, her account had an outstanding balance of $11,104.88.

Stetson was arrested in June and charge with three counts of theft by exploitation, a Class 4 felony. He pleaded guilty to one count on Oct. 4, and the other counts were dismissed.

Stetson was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for two days served. He was ordered to serve his jail time at the Davison County Jail in 48-hour increments by April 22.