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July 11, 2014

Family victims requests house arrest for theft defendant

— DANVILLE — The mother and grandmother of a Liberty Township woman, in state prison, sought house arrest for her despite her stealing nearly $7,000 worth of their jewelry to feed a heroin addiction.

“It would mean much more for me if she were required to fulfill hours to do services for me and her grandfather. There’s a whole lot of things we aren’t able to do,” Carol Cashner told Montour County Judge Gary Norton before he sentenced Kimberly Elizabeth Lander, 23, Wednesday.

Lander’s mother Jennifer Moyer said her daughter didn’t act alone that her then boyfriend also stole the jewelry.

Norton noted the man has been sentenced for theft and conspiracy.

“I watched Kimberly struggle for over a year with addiction before going to prison. She was home from rehab and able to stay clean almost a month before relapsing,” Moyer said. “I believe she’s hit rock bottom,” she said of her daughter who has two sons, ages 4 and 2,

Moyer requested house arrest so Lander could raise her sons, attend therapy sessions and drug rehab.

Saying she worked 20 years at a federal prison, Cashner said she was upset over the theft occurring and was proud of her granddaughter taking steps to admit her guilt and being prepared to accept consequences.

After she called the former boyfriend a silent partner in the thefts, Norton said he hears from almost everyone about defendants getting in with bad people. “Everybody is responsible for their own actions,” he said.

Lander was also sentenced for an incident March 17 in Liberty Township where she was driving while under the influence of controlled substances with a child in the car.

While the mother and grandmother said they didn’t consider restitution to them that important, Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said restitution would be required to pawn shops where the jewelry was sold. She said some items were recovered from the thefts, which occurred in Liberty Township from July 7, 2012, through Jan. 29, 2013.

Lander committed the crimes to support her long-term heroin addiction, Warren said.

“I learned my lesson the hard way. I want to be a mother to my sons,” Lander told Norton.

Norton sentenced Lander to 72 hours to six month in state prison for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Saying she will receive a total of four years’ probation, Norton told Lander, “The biggest deal is to continue treatment the rest of your life to be a mother to your sons.”

He also fined her $1,000 for the driving while under the influence charge which will be consecutive to the sentence she is serving in state prison from Union County.

For two charges of thefts, Norton fined her $300 each and placed her on a consecutive one year’s probation for each charge. He ordered her to pay $6,786 which will be jointly paid with the co-defendant. Norton also sentenced her to a consecutive term of one year’s probation for possession of a controlled substance and one year’s concurrent probation for possession of drug paraphernalia. For recklessly endangering another person, she was sentenced to a consecutive term of one year’s probation.

He ordered her to pay an additional $300 in fines and do community service.

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