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Woman accused of gambling away elderly in-laws savings is arraigned

Jennifer Dennison stands during her arraignment in Judge Daniel Merritt Sr.’s courtroom Tuesday morning at the Hernando County Courthouse.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Jennifer Dennison stands during her arraignment in Judge Daniel Merritt Sr.’s courtroom Tuesday morning at the Hernando County Courthouse.

Jennifer Dennison, who appeared in the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville on Tuesday morning, is accused of gambling away her elderly in-laws' life savings. Ocala prosecutor Jeremy Powers consolidated Dennison's initial 16 counts down to just one first-degree felony grand theft from a person older than 65. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Laverne Dennison, 88, says the more than $500,000 his daughter-in-law is accused of stealing was meant to eventually care for his 73-year-old wife, Janet, who suffers from advanced-stage dementia. "I figure she should be sentenced to at least two tens," Laverne Dennison said Monday. "Twenty years."

Woman accused of gambling away elderly in-laws savings is arraigned 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:46pm]
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