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Arizona woman faces long sentence in coin theft

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A Prescott judge warned a woman that she is facing a
long prison term in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 in gold
coins that prosecutors say she stole from her ex-boyfriend to buy cars for
herself and friends.

Judge Jennifer Campbell of Yavapai County Superior Court calculated that
59-year-old Cheryl Clement faces a sentence of as much as 665 years in prison if
convicted. In the event she accepts a plea agreement offered by the prosecution,
Clement still could be sentenced to more than 50 years, The Daily Courier

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said the gold coins
belonged to an 84-year-old former boyfriend of Dewey’s. Clement is accused of
obtaining the combination to a safe belonging to the boyfriend and using it to
take 88 gold coins, each weighing 1 ounce. D’Evelyn said the thefts happened
between October 2013 and January.

The victim was in court Monday and spoke to the judge.

“That was my life savings and retirement fund,” he said, but then added that
all he really wanted was to get the titles to the vehicles she bought so he
could recoup some of his money. He said he’d be happy with Clement serving just
one year.

“You have a kind heart,” Campbell said to him, “but, unfortunately, one year
is not an option for Ms. Clement.”

Her attorney, Jeff McNeice, said, “Ms. Clement would be willing to turn over
what she has, but some (of the cars) were literally given to others.”

Clement stood up and began to apologize to the victim, but Campbell warned her
not to say anything that could make her ineligible for the plea offer.

Clement is facing 18 counts of trafficking in stolen property and one count of
third-degree burglary in the case. She was already in custody on unrelated


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