Woman pleads guilty to financially exploiting person with a disability

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 1:50 p.m. CDT; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of financial exploitation of a person with a disability.

Deanna Harris was arrested in April 2011 and accused of manipulating a woman out of thousands of dollars. 

Harris pleaded guilty to the Class B felony in connection with incidents that occurred between February and September of 2010 in which she borrowed money from the victim with the false promise that she would pay her back.

The charge carries a possible sentence of five to 15 years

Harris was also charged with a Class C felony count of financial exploitation of a person with a disability and the Class C felony of victim tampering. Both charges were dismissed.

The state is recommending Harris serve eight years in prison, Assistant Boone County Prosecutor Ryan Haigh said Thursday.

Harris' final sentencing is scheduled for November 26. 

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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