Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Missouri couple get probation in hoax over sextuplets

August 24, 2006

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— A Grain Valley couple held hands in the courtroom and stood quietly Wednesday as a judge sentenced them to probation for an elaborate hoax about giving birth to sextuplets they used to wrangle money out of the community.

Sarah Everson, 45, and Kris Everson, 35, also left the courthouse holding hands, not offering immediate comment, but glancing at each other often.

Every now and then Sarah Everson giggled as reporters and cameramen stumbled alongside them.

"We have no comment," Kris Everson said as reporters asked them why they came up with the idea of giving birth to six sick babies and whether they were sorry.

As the cameras and most reporters left, the Eversons talked a little.

"We already made our apologies," Sarah Everson told The Associated Press.

The Eversons on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of felony stealing by deceit. Jackson County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Bushur sentenced them each to four years probation. They were also ordered to repay $3,661.25 to their victims and perform 40 hours of community service.

Assistant Jackson County prosecutor Tammy Dickinson said she was satisfied with the plea agreement, which allowed the couple to avoid prison time. The Eversons each faced up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

Community leaders in Grain Valley said the Eversons came to them in March, saying they had delivered six critically ill babies and needed help. The couple claimed the births were being kept secret by a court order because a family member was out to kill them.

Within days of the story appearing on the front of the local paper here, The Examiner, the couple were barraged by questions from the media and ultimately admitted to reporters and police that the entire thing was a lie. They said they needed the cash.

Sarah Everson said the couple had been kicked out of their Grain Valley home recently and were living in the broken truck.

Comments

reginafliangie 8 years, 10 months ago

See? Now people who really might need the help of the general public are going to be punished and probably not believed because of stupid people like this. I can't say I feel sorry for them being kicked out of their home and living in a truck. You get what you ask for. Now get a job and quit trying to make other people pay your bills.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 10 months ago

well probation is alot easier than sextuplets that for sure. My oldest has twins and oh my lord they are alot of work could you imagine 6 at the terrible two age or at 16. These two got off easy.

reginafliangie 8 years, 10 months ago

Definitly! I find it amusing that the woman was giggling at reporters. Did she find this type of scam funny? Would she feel that same had somebody duped her. I bet not. I hope that these two don't ever actually have kids. I have a feeling all tax payers would be footing the bill and them being role models sure is scary.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

I don't know if probation is enough for a crime such as this, but maybe living in her truck may make up for it.

reginafliangie 8 years, 10 months ago

I can see some poor sap thinking, "ahh gee that gotta live in their truck, heres some money to get a place, or I got a place I could rent you cheap or free". Don't help them, make them pay for their mistakes. Everyone makes them, but you got to pay for them too.

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