Conn. mom to plead guilty in school residency case

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Posted: Feb 08, 2012 9:12 AM
Conn. mom to plead guilty in school residency case

The lawyer for a Connecticut woman charged with enrolling her son in the wrong school district says she will be pleading guilty.

The Connecticut Post reports ( that lawyer Darnell Crosland says he expects Tonya McDowell to enter the plea in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 22. Prosecutor Michael DeJoseph says he will be recommending a five-year prison term.

McDowell was homeless last April when she was charged with felony first-degree larceny and accused of stealing more than $15,000 worth of services from Norwalk schools. Authorities say she fraudulently enrolled her then-5-year-old son in a Norwalk school using her baby sitter's address when her son should have attended school in Bridgeport, the location of her last permanent address.

McDowell pleaded guilty on Tuesday to selling narcotics in another case.