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Five years’ prison, no probation for Granny

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Circuit Judge Hickman denies probation for 66-year-old woman sentenced for tying up toddler; perjury case continued to March 18

By Meaghan Downs

The woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter for up to 16 hours a day was sentenced to five years prison without probation Tuesday, and may face up to five more years of prison on a separate perjury charge.
Carolyn Case, of 1024 Terri Lane, appeared in Circuit Court on Feb. 18 and was sentenced to five years prison in the Department of Corrections without the possibility of probation.
Although probation was not included in the plea deal offered by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in January, Comley requested Hickman reconsider probation for Case based on the absence of previous criminal history, her age and financial status.
Prior to Case’s sentencing for second-degree criminal abuse, her attorney Max Comley submitted a stack of letters as character references of the “things she’s done since” Case was first charged to Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.
Hickman, after reading Case’s sentence, denied probation.
“Although (Case) has no criminal history, the facts cannot be ignored that these are serious offenses,” Hickman said.
Case, along with the girl’s mother Rebecca Medley and the girl’s father Herbert Medley, was first charged with first-degree criminal child abuse in September 2012.
Herbert Medley is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court for a status conference hearing on March 4.
Case was scheduled to stand trail in January 2014, but later accepted a plea offer on the charge of second-degree criminal abuse from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.
The abuse charges stem from a state police investigation during which Case reportedly told troopers that the 3-year-old was tied to her bed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
Case also acknowledged that the child was also tied to the bed for a two-hour nap, and spent an additional four hours tied up for discipline, according to the documents.
The 3-year-old girl was allegedly being tied up from June 1, 2012, through Aug. 3, 2012, when a child protective services worker alerted the state police.
Case was also scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a separate charge of perjury after the 66-year-old attempted to falsify her financial status to obtain a public defender for the child-tying case.
Case’s arraignment for the perjury charge has been continued to March 18 in Circuit Court in order that Case can retain legal representation.
The Anderson Grand Jury indicted the 66-year-old on Feb. 5 with one count of first-degree perjury, a Class D felony according to court documents, and she was arrested and taken to Shelby County Detention Center two days later.
Case, according to the indictment, committed perjury when she “made a material false statement, which she did not believe, in an official proceeding, while under oath required or authorized by law” on or about Sept. 6, 2012.
A perjury charge could result in a prison sentence of up to five years, according to state statute.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office began an investigation into Case’s claims of indigency following an investigation by The Anderson News in late December 2013.
Case claimed on an affidavit of indigency that she did not own real estate shortly after her arrest in September of last year, according to the affidavit.
Real estate documents showed Case has owned the Terri Lane property since 1977, and took sole ownership when her husband passed away in April 2009, more than three years before her arrest.
The deed to the property shows no change in ownership since that time, meaning it appears when Case claimed she did not own real estate on the affidavit, she actually did.
About a year after claiming she did not own any property, Case obtained a $132,000 reverse mortgage, records show.
Case’s name is also shown on property tax bills on file at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
The 2013 property tax statement shows that the property is listed to Joe and Carolyn Case, and that Carolyn Case paid the bill Oct. 16, 2013, in cash.