Surrounded by family and friends, Shirley Scheets of Houston was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison on charges that she embezzled from her elderly father.
Despite pleas for leniency, Dorr said probation was inconsistent with the magnitude of the crime, he wouldn’t be swayed by the emotions of the testimony about Scheets’ character and must follow the facts in the case. “It’s as though we’re dealing with two different people,” Dorr said after hearing several pleas for probation. Scheets’ attorney, Scott McBride of Rolla, can appeal.
Shirley Scheets was her father’s office manager
About 75 friends and family gathered in a small third-floor courtroom in support of Scheets, who served as her father’s office manager at his South Sam Houston Blvd. dental practice and assisted him on a horse and dog breeding operation east of Houston. About 85 letters of support were reviewed by the judge, who noted the outpouring of support was exceptional in his career.
Schuster testified against his daughter from a wheelchair. Another relative also testified against Scheets.
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