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CLO abuser gets probation
Judge Michael Malone told a deputy attorney general Wednesday that he wouldn't sentence Eric S. Wyatt to prison time despite a state request that Wyatt go to jail.Wyatt pled guilty this summer to two counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult, which under state guidelines would mean probation for someone without a criminal record. But the state asked last month that Wyatt serve jail time because of the severity of the crimes.Wyatt worked with the adult client during his tenure at Ponderosa House, a group home owned by Community Living Opportunities, Inc.The state tried to use the same arguments for jail time that they used in the original charges, Malone said. Those arguments couldn't be used twice, so the state lacked the proper evidence to sway Malone to deviate from the sentencing guidelines.Malone instead sentenced Wyatt to 24 months of strict probation, followed by another period of supervision.In other news:Lawrence police are investigating the use of four counterfeit bills at local businesses over the past two days.Two fake $100 bills were used at a local restaurant, while two fake $20 bills were used at Abe & Jakes Landing and a different restaurant, police say. Police have started conducting interviews, but couldn't yet say whether the incidents appeared related.