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Homeless Mom Says She’ll Plead Guilty In Education Theft Case; Could Get Five Years

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The lawyer for a Connecticut woman charged with enrolling her son in the wrong school district says she will be pleading guilty.

The Connecticut Post reports that lawyer Darnell Crosland says he expects Tonya McDowell to enter the plea in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 22. Prosecutor Michael DeJoseph says he will be recommending a five-year prison term.

McDowell was homeless last April when she was charged with felony first-degree larceny for allegedly stealing more than $15,000 worth of services from Norwalk schools. Authorities say she fraudulently enrolled her son, who was 5 at the time, in a Norwalk school using her baby sitter’s address, when her son should have attended school in Bridgeport.

McDowell pleaded guilty on Tuesday to selling narcotics in another case.

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