Man ordered to home confinement in crucifix theft

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Posted: Nov 12, 2014 8:44 PM

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former northeastern Pennsylvania nurse's aide has been ordered to spend six months in home confinement for the theft of a gold chain and crucifix from a dying Veterans Affairs hospital patient.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin Kosik on Wednesday sentenced Moscow resident Warren Wells to two years of probation, with the first six months in home confinement.

Wells pleaded guilty to theft after VA police said he removed the chain and crucifix from the neck of a 60-year-old patient at the medical center in Plains Township in December. Authorities say the woman had been given the crucifix by her son and died several hours later.

Prosecutors say police recovered the items from a Scranton jewelry shop where Wells had sold them for $100.