Lynette Curry sentenced for looting after Joplin tornado

8:57 AM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - An Arkansas woman was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing valuables from a Duquesne home after the southwest Missouri town was hit by a tornado.

Twenty-seven-year-old Lynette Curry, of Rogers, Ark., was sentenced Monday for felony theft in a plea deal. Burglary and a drug charge were dropped.

The defendant and an alleged accomplice, 35-year-old Gary E. Wright, 35, of Rogers, Ark., were arrested in Duquesne three days after May 2011 tornado.

The Joplin Globe reports police say a vehicle Curry was driving contained hundreds of pieces of jewelry and a computer that were taken from a tornado-damaged home.

Wright is scheduled to go to trial in August on burglary and felony theft charges.


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