Woman who stole thousands of dollars from grandma sentenced

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- A 37-year-old Ontario woman has been sentenced after she stole thousands of dollars from her grandmother.

The Canyon County Prosecutor's Office said Jeannie Halsell was sentenced up to 10 years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence to 10 years of felony probation. She will still have to spend time behind bars, however.

A judge ordered Halsell to serve 40 days in jail, 30 days of labor detail and 50 hours of community service.

Halsell was arrested in October 2013 following an investigation by the Nampa Police Department that determined she stole money from her grandmother in Nampa over a two-year period while she was serving as her power of attorney.

Bank statements show that Halsell stole more than $6,500 from the victim's checking and savings accounts, while also charging nearly $30,000 to the victim's credit card during a period from February 2011 to April 2013. Police discovered the theft after another person became the power of attorney in June 2013.

"Crimes like this that involve the exploitation of vulnerable adults are one of the fastest growing crimes in America, including right here in Idaho," said Bryan Taylor, prosecutor.