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Sister and brother get six years for using toddler to rob elderly woman

COOS BAY, Ore. - An Oregon woman and her younger brother have been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after using her toddler to gain entrance to a home for a robbery.

The World newspaper reported that 27-year-old Deanna Lynn Deroest and her 16-year-old brother, Ryan Justin Dewolf, both of Coos Bay, were sentenced to five years and 10 months after pleading guilty to robbery last week.

Deroest’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Harland Welsh, was committed to the Oregon State Hospital until he is judged mentally fit to proceed.

The three used Deanna Deroest’s 14-month-old toddler to gain access to a 72-year-old woman’s home, claiming the child needed water. The woman was taped to a chair while the trio took a firearm, alcohol and jewelry — including rings from the woman’s fingers.

Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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