Ontario woman placed on probation for exploiting Idaho grandmother

July 2, 2014 

Jeannie Halsell

Jeannie Halsell, 37, was given a suspended sentenced Tuesday and ordered to serve 10 years on probation, during a hearing before Third District Canyon County Juge Bradly Ford.

Halsell was arrested in October, following an investigation by the Nampa Police Department into allegations that Halsell charged $30,000 of purchases to her grandmother's credit cards and stole $6,500 in cash from checking and savings accounts. The thefts took place between February 2011 and April 2013.

The victim became medically incapacitated in January 2011 and Halsell was given authority to act on her grandmother's behalf through a power of attorney.

The thefts were discovered after another person was given power of attorney for the victim in June 2013.

Halsell pleaded guilty in May to exploitation of a vulnerable person.

If she violates her probation, Halsell could be ordered to serve the entire sentence of three to 10 years. As part of her sentence, Halsell will have to serve 40 days in jail, 30 days of service on the Canyon County inmate labor crew handled through the sheriff's office and 50 hours of community service.

Halsell was also ordered to pay more than $2,000 in fines and court costs, along with $350 to reimburse her public defender.

The judge also ordered her to have no contact with her grandmother.

The amount of restitution Halsell will have to pay will be determined later.

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service