Columbus woman sentenced for stealing from parents

Darlebe McKinley Thompson (Source: State of Mississippi)

LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Darlene McKinley Thompson, 59, has been sentenced to prison time for stealing $80,000 from her parents who are now deceased. She recently received five years after pleading guilty, according to the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. She was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years suspended and five years to serve. Thompson will be on five years of supervised probation after she's released and was ordered to receive alcohol and drug treatment while incarcerated.

Thompson must pay a $500 fine, $500 to the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Fund and all court costs.

“Unfortunately, these types of cases are more common, and they are often difficult to prove due to the victim’s medical state and because family members may eventually have a right to the funds,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “It’s important for families to make sure they are taking proper measures before drawing money from a loved one’s account, such as having in writing who has access and by keeping a check on the bank account activity to prevent fraud by another family member.”

The case was investigated by Anita Ray and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander, both with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.