JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. - Two Jackson County residents are going to prison for felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.
James Matson and Melissa Webster were both sentenced in Jackson County Friday morning. The pre-sentencing report confirmed that Matson was the fiancé of Melissa Webster.
Webster was arrested first. Officials say Webster's victim was an 82 year old World War II veteran who resided at a personal care facility which was owned and operated by Webster. The victim died after residing in the facility for 33 days. On the date of the victim’s death, Webster was depositing his Social Security and VA checks into her personal account. She continued to deposit checks for several more days after he passed away.
Matson had taken charge of the same facility Webster was running in Ocean Springs. The victims in both cases were residents of that facility.
Webster plead guilty to three counts of felony exploitation.
Webster will have to serve serve eight years behind bars, with two years of post release supervision. Within 30 days of her release, she must begin paying restitution to the family of the victim. The restitution owed is $62,637.43.
Matson is sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of felony exploitation. He will have to serve six years, followed by five years supervised probation and the remainder to be served on unsupervised probation. Matson was also fined and will have to pay $64,515 in restitution to the estate of the victim, who was the widow of a WWII Navy Officer.
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