A Middletown man must pay restitution as part of his punishment for stealing money from his elderly neighbor.
Shawn Hill, 29, pleaded guilty to theft in August as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced earlier this week by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe.
Tepe sentenced Hill to serve 30 days in jail and three years of community control with work release beginning Oct. 18, according to court records.
Hill was fined $2,500 and must also pay $28,000 in restitution to the victim, according to the court records.
The defendant was indicted in March on charges that he forged checks and stole money worth $8,500 from his 93-year-old neighbor in late 2015 and early 2016.
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Investigators said the victim also loaned Hill $34,000 based on the false promise that he would be paid back when Hill received settlement proceeds from a dog-bite lawsuit that didn't exist.