PITTSFIELD — A Cheshire woman who stole $80,000 from a family member and spent it on items like a car, electronics and trips to a casino and Florida has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.
Kelly A. O'Laughlin, 37, told people her sudden influx of cash was the result of a large lottery win, according to prosecutors.
The theft was reported to Dalton Police in October 2013 after the homeowners, who were away while renovations were being done, returned to find items in the house disturbed and approximately $80,000 missing from a lockbox.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said the theft occurred in early September and about $2,000 worth of jewelry also was reported missing from the home.
O'Laughlin, who was seen on the property by a witness, said she was there to retrieve a phone charger she'd left behind at the house and asked the witness to not tell the homeowners she was there.
When police went to speak to O'Laughlin, they were told she'd left for Florida.
She was arrested while in Florida and returned to Massachusetts in early April 2014.
O'Laughlin pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to one count of daytime felony breaking and entering and two counts of receiving stolen property over $250.
An additional charge of larceny from a building was dropped by the state.
Judge John Agostini sentenced her to 2 1/2 years in jail, with one year to be served directly and the balance suspended during a two-year probationary period. While on probation, O'Laughlin must avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random testing.
The sentence was the result of a joint recommendation between Yorlano and O'Laughlin's attorney, David Pixley.
O'Laughlin will begin her sentence on June 7 and at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.