A Saltillo woman has been sentenced for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, Attorney General Jim Hood announced Friday.
Demetria Hooper Donelson, 45, entered an open plea for the charge before Lee County Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts Jr. on Thursday. An open plea means the defendant refuses to accept the state’s recommendation and instead leaves himself or herself at the mercy of the court.
Donelson was sentenced to 10 years, which was suspended, in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She was also ordered to pay $38,797 in restitution to the victim. Donelson had $17,378.70 to pay towards restitution at the time of the plea, leaving a balance of $21,418.30, which is to be paid in monthly installments of $500 beginning in March.
Roberts also ordered Donelson serve four years of supervised probation, during which time she is to pay the outstanding restitution. And she must pay $250 to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.
At the time the crime was committed, Donelson was the owner and operator of Hannahome Personal Care Home in Tupelo. She pleaded guilty to gaining access to the account of a vulnerable person in her care and withdrawing approximately $38,797 for her own use.