A former Illinois hospital worker who stole engagement and wedding rings off the fingers of a deceased patient and pawned them to pay his cable bill has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Frederick Tapley pleaded guilty to felony theft for taking the rings from a 72-year-old woman who died of cancer last year at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb.
Tapley's attorney sought probation for the 37-year-old Romeoville man, who told police he was overwhelmed by financial problems. The rings were valued at more than $3,000. Tapley pawned them for $200.
DuPage County Circuit Judge Daniel Guerin rejected the request, noting Thursday that Tapley had been convicted of a similar theft at an Oak Park hospital a decade ago.