Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller had some stern words for a woman who robbed an elderly woman: “I don’t know how old your parents are or if your grandparents are alive, but if you could for one minute step outside of yourself and focus on that, that may be the initial step of gaining some appreciation for exactly what you have done.”
Kasia Freese plead guilty Monday morning to the burglary of an 89-year-old Dillonvale woman of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry as well as her peace of mind. Freese says her severe heroin addition is what caused her to rob her elderly neighbor, but she had a hard time putting that into words.
“At this point how did you get here?” the judge asked her.
“Drugs, unfortunately,” Freese replied.
“And how did you get to the drugs?”
“I don’t know,” Freese answered again.
According to her son, the victim, Thelma Charvat, was kind to Freese and her co-defendant, who’s case is still being processed. She invited them into her home, brought food to Freese, but they took advantage of that.
“The fear and sense of violation my mother has experienced is not easily put into words,” said David Charvat. “My siblings and I have suggested she get some counseling since her sleep has been drastically impacted. She is extremely nervous and her health has begun to fail.”
The jewelry and watches that were taken were family heirlooms Charvat had hoped to pass down.
“Whether (the jewelry) was worth a dollar or a million dollars, the sentimental value attached to those things, that’s what’s important,” said Judge Miller. “The fact that she now, every time she lays her head down at night, worries whether somebody is going to be in her house trying to steal what she has so hard earned. Do you understand that?”
Freese apologized and said she will be seeking rehabilitation during her three-year sentence, but Thelma Charvat is still paying the price of this crime against her.
“In fact I had to take my mom to the emergency room this past week due to her experiencing shakiness and dizziness,” he son added. “How does one get justice for this type of physical and emotional suffering?”
Freese’s co-defendant, Kevin Dalpiaz, was indicted on October 5th by the Jefferson County grand just for receiving stolen property. Dalpiaz is also the same man who drove Jason Binkiewicz to the home in Newtown where he shot Ronald Horton.