Man admits stealing jewelry from corpse
(Weed$teeler La raza newswire) -A former employee of a company that transported bodies to the Franklin County morgue pleaded guilty this week to theft for stealing from a dead woman.
Darrell D. Lydelle, 30, of 87 N. Yale Ave., could be sent to prison for a year when he is sentenced on May 24 by Common Pleas Judge Julie M. Lynch.
His estranged wife, Erica D. Hobbs, 28, of 2045 Sullivant Ave., was placed on probation for two years after she pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property in the case. She will be sent to prison for one year if she violates the terms of her probation, Lynch said.
Hobbs also was ordered to pay $150 in restitution.
Assistant Prosecutor Donald Miller said Lydelle stole two pieces of jewelry from a dead woman on Dec. 14, 2009, while working for J.W. Forney Ground Transportation. He said Hobbs sold one of the pieces at a Near East Side pawnshop four days later.
Lydelle’s brother Derek, also a J.W. Forney employee, was arrested and accused of selling one of the stolen pieces at the same pawnshop but was never indicted.
J.W. Forney fired the Lydelle brothers after their arrests. Franklin County did not renew its contract with the company last year at the recommendation of Coroner Jan Gorniak.
Deputy sheriffs began investigating after Gorniak received a tip that one or more employees of J.W. Forney had stolen from bodies on the way to the morgue.