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Manchester woman sentenced to 1 year for theft from home she cleaned

Holly Lynn Becker will serve one year of jail time for stealing jewelry in 2013 from a home she was hired to clean. <a href="http://bit.ly/1DgUp9O">Full story</a>
Holly Lynn Becker will serve one year of jail time for stealing jewelry in 2013 from a home she was hired to clean. Full story(HANDOUT)

A Manchester woman will serve one year of jail time for stealing jewelry in 2013 from a home she was hired to clean.

Holly Lynn Becker, 47, of the 4300 block of Simpers Drive, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts in March to one count of theft, according to court records.

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On Tuesday, Judge J. Barry Hughes sentenced Becker to 10 years in prison with all but one year suspended and allowed her to begin her sentence Friday morning. Hughes delayed Becker's entry into the detention center to allow her to gather paperwork for her medications.

Becker was arrested after the victim reported rarely worn jewelry items missing after she fired Becker for stealing household items, according to court records. Police searched pawn databases and found the missing jewelry which records showed were pawned by Becker.

Defense attorney Jeremy Eldridge said Becker had a history of substance abuse treatment prior to the incident but received a mental health evaluation for the first time after she entered her plea.

After being diagnosed with a personality disorder, Becker has been treated by a psychiatrist and told Hughes she feels much better now that she is taking medications.

Becker brought a check for $8,000 to pay restitution to the victim and apologized to her Tuesday.

"I just feel horrible for what I've done," Becker said, adding that she did not realize how much her mental health problems were affecting her until she began being treated properly.

Assistant State's Attorney Ken Grote told Hughes Becker has a prior theft charge from 2012, for which she received probation before judgment.

Eldridge asked Hughes to consider giving Becker probation to allow her to continue getting mental health treatment and suggested that the embarrassment she has experienced because of the incident has already been a punishment.

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"This has been a very public experience for her," he said.

Hughes told Becker he was glad she identified the mental health issues but said two theft charges in three years was troubling.

"This is a sad case because obviously [the victim] trusted you... and you betrayed that trust," he said.

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