BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The homeless Connecticut mother who drew national attention for enrolling her son in a school outside the district in which they lived has been sentenced to five years in prison on drug and larceny charges.

Tanya McDowell was also sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation under a deal with prosecutors.

She was charged with larceny for enrolling her 5-year-old son in Norwalk schools, even though prosecutors say her last permanent address was in Bridgeport.

While out on bond on that charge, she was arrested for selling marijuana and crack cocaine drugs to undercover officers.

The Connecticut Post  reports that her lawyer said even though McDowell insists she did nothing wrong by enrolling her son in Norwalk schools, she decided to agree to the deal rather than continue fighting.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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