- Tonya McDowell also admitted selling drugs and was given a combined sentence of 12 years
- Judge ruled she must serve five years and then a further five years on probation
The Daily Mail [UK]
1 March 2012
A mother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport.
The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year, said she wanted the best education possible for the boy.
McDowell last week entered her plea at Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, which means she does not admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict her…
…Police said McDowell stole $15,686 worth of ‘free’ educational services from Norwalk…
The complete article is at The Daily Mail.
CAJ note: OK, read that last sentence again. Now tell us how children of illegal immigrants aren’t also “stealing free educational services” from local taxpayers.