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Three women plead guilty in stolen lottery tickets case

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Each defendant now faces one charge of embezzlement from Galax business.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — A 2009 case involving embezzlement of Lottery tickets from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle moved closer to resolution with pleas from the three accused women on April 15.
Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelly Jennings of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap had each been brought up in two rounds of indictments in Carroll County Circuit Court in the incident, according to court records.
(An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.)
In the latest from June 2012, each woman faced charges of:
• obtaining money by false pretenses from the Virginia Lottery;
• conspire to embezzle from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle;
• embezzlement (three counts)
Each charge carried with it a possible penalty of up to 20 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections, according to court documents.
The prosecution and defense attorney James Ward entered into a plea negotiation, and the results were presented to the court on Monday.
The agreement reached involved prosecutors dropping all but one embezzlement charge against each woman.
The prosecution recommended to the court a penalty of 10 years in prison for each defendant, all suspended; active supervised probation for five years; agreeing to pay yet undetermined amounts of restitution; and being banned from any property owned by Frank J. Armstrong, according to the agreement.
A hearing to set restitution amounts has been scheduled for June 27.
The court accepted the agreements, foregoing jury trials set for April and May.