A man was murdered and more than $100,000 was stolen from his business and the woman responsible for the theft and the falsification will spend the next few years behind bars.
Three years in prison, plus three years of probation. That’s what Deborah Brown’s immediate future will hold after she admitted to stealing money from her late husband’s business after his murder.
When the case against Brown was heard in court Monday, the family of the victim, Marvin Brown, piled into the court room with standing room only.
It was then Judge Fregiato extended the opportunity for the victims to speak on their behalf.
“I’m sorry that she has lost dad, but if there was ever anything that I could ever do for her, I’d be happy to do and she sat there knowing what she had already done and it just amazes me people can be so deceptive and heartless,” said one of Marvin Brown’s sons.
After hearing what Brown’s stepson had to say, she was given the opportunity to speak for herself. Brown said she was relieved to know, once and for all, how her late husband’s children really felt about her.
“We were a family. I never knew they felt that way about me. They knew how happy their dad and I was. He took care of me. It just, it saddens me,” Brown said.
Judge Fregiato addressed Brown commenting on a lack of understanding and a breakdown in society that would lead one to believe that actions such as these would not lead to a prison sentence.
“I don’t know where and how it happens in our society when one thinks that one can steal over $100,000 and perhaps not go to prison,” Judge Fregiato said.
Brown was then taken into the custody of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office where she would await transport to the reformatory for women and Marysville, Ohio. Brown is being given credit for the forty plus days she has already spent in jail as this case has gone through the judicial system.
As the search for Marvin Brown’s killer continues, a reward remains at $30,000. The 72 year old former Powhatan Mayor was found murdered in a hunting cabin. He was shot in the back, 200 yards from his house. Marvin’s son Tom has said the reward will go to anyone who supplies information that leads to the arrest and conviction of his father’s murderer.
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