Debra Hines pled guilty in Jones County Superior Court March 21 and was sentenced to 15 years each for four counts of identity fraud. Counts one to three run consecutively but concurrently with count four for a total of 45 years. The first 15 years are to be served in confinement, with the remainder to be served on probation. As part of the plea agreement, Hines is to receive credit for time served in custody since Nov. 23, 2009, the day she was sentenced after being found guilty of her crimes by a Jones County jury. Hines is ineligible for parole.
A Jones County jury found Hines guilty of identity theft, following a weeklong trial. At that time Hines was sentenced to 45 years with 20 years to serve in prison.
Evidence at the trial showed she committed crimes under several different names and left her victims in dire financial straits while they attempted to reclaim their identities. The jury heard from a number of Hines’ victims with charges dating back as far as the 1980s.
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