Both the prosecution and the defense agreed on a 14-month sentence for a 46-year-old Ridgefield, Wash., woman who stole from an elderly cerebral palsy patient and took Medicaid money for hours not worked. But Clark County Superior Court Judge Diane Woolard said Thursday that if left on her own, she would have given Michelle L. Zabroski a much stiffer sentence.
Zabroski pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to two counts of first-degree theft and three counts of making a false Medicaid statement in which she overstated her hours.
The judge said she respected that the agreement kept the victim, Dennis Campbell of Vancouver, from having to testify at trial. He communicates in person only by pointing to letters on a special board.
Zabroski was also ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution to the state and $12,000 to Campbell.