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Woman gets prison in theft case

In March, a judge sentenced Delores Giglio to probation for her part in a controversial fight outside a lounge on State Road 44 in Inverness. On Wednesday, that case helped prosecutors secure a three-year prison term for the Hernando woman in an unrelated matter.

The fight started inside Fat Boy's Bar-B-Q after Frank DeFranco Jr. spilled drinks near Giglio and two other women last August. The women fought with DeFranco outside the lounge before he ran onto the highway, where he was struck and killed by a passing pickup truck.

A circuit judge sentenced Giglio to two years' probation in that case. But in June, Giglio was accused of stealing jewelry from her former roommate, Terry Houston, and pawning the goods in Inverness.

Those charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property, coupled with the violation of her probation in the DeFranco case, had her heading to the courtroom Wednesday for trial.

But Giglio, instead, accepted a plea agreement calling for her to serve time in prison, serve five years on probation, pay back $1,686 to her former roommate and stay away from her.

The state dropped the grand theft charges because state law does not allow a defendant to be convicted and sentenced for both grand theft and dealing in stolen property, Assistant State Attorney Paul Norville said.

In a letter to Thurman, Giglio said she had her roommate's permission to sell the jewelry.

The sentence pleased DeFranco's mother, Jean DeFranco, who fought an unsuccessful battle with State Attorney Brad King to increase the charges against the other two women involved in the fight.

Mrs. DeFranco, who traveled from her home in Pennsylvania to witness the court proceedings Wednesday, said she was especially happy that Thurman formally found Giglio guilty of the charge. When sentenced in March, Thurman withheld adjudication.

The new theft-related charges "only proved to the court that she had no respect for the law," Mrs. DeFranco said.

Mrs. DeFranco also said the struggle in her son's case did not help the health of her husband, Frank Sr., who died last month of lung cancer.

"This ate my husband up," she said.

Norville said that because of generous gain time the state prison system doles out, Giglio probably will serve only six to eight months of her sentence.