Within a week a judge will decide if the caretaker who stole more than $19,000 from two disabled veterans will be released from prison, just more than five months after she was sentenced to 25 years.
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said he would issue a ruling within a week on a motion for shock probation for 43-year-old Cammie Henson.
Shock probation means an incarcerated felon is granted early probation with hopes that the initial time in prison will prevent the person from committing further crime.
A jury found Henson guilty in October of two counts of knowingly exploiting an adult and two counts of being a persistent felony offender.
Henson fudged time sheets and lied about expenses while she was in charge of caring for Jack Browning Sr., a Korean War Army veteran who died in June, and Jack Browning Jr., a former Marine who was severely injured in a 1976 motorcycle accident.
The two men reportedly required 24-hour care.
“I think she has really benefited from the support and the counseling that she’s received,” defense attorney Londa Adkins said Friday of Henson’s time in prison. “I think she’s had lots of time to reflect and understand the error of her ways.”
In a written response to the motion for shock probation, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said he spoke with Virginia Browning — Browning Sr.’s daughter-in-law and Browning Jr.’s sister-in-law — and she does not oppose the judge granting the motion.
“Ms. Browning, while ambivalent as to this matter, does not oppose the granting of shock probation, the victims needing the restitution money at this time,” Cleveland wrote.
Cleveland wrote that on behalf of the commonwealth, he opposes shock probation, saying that he feels the jury’s decision should be honored.
He also cited concerns about the fact that this is the second time Henson has been convicted of this type of crime. She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by unlawful taking in Shelby Circuit Court in 2011 for stealing from Bagdad Baptist Church Daycare in Shelby County.
Henson spoke briefly Friday, asking the judge to allow her back home with her family.
“I miss my family. I missed my son graduate high school a month or so ago,” she said. “…I missed a lot of holidays, birthdays.”
If released, Henson said she would be doing farm work to earn money to pay back the thousands of dollars of restitution.