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July 21, 2009

"'Gambling Granny' sentenced to 14 months of house arrest"

The title of this post is the headline of this local article out of Florida.  Here are the details:

A Broward County judge this morning sentenced a grandmother to 14 months of house arrest for leaving her two grandchildren unattended in a car while she gambled at a Hallandale Beach casino, a prosecutor said.

Jeanne Shahan, 54, of North Miami, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and misdemeanor leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, said Assistant State Attorney Mary Ann Braun.

On Aug. 19, 2008, Shahan left her grandchildren -- a 2-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy -- unattended in a vehicle for more than an hour while she played the slots at Mardi Gras Gaming, 831 N. Federal Highway, police said.  The car's air-conditioning was off, but the windows were down.  "She's a very good lady who just used poor judgment, and she's very sorry about it," Shahan's defense attorney, Chris Narducci, said today.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson also ordered three years probation upon completion of house arrest, Braun said.  Levenson also prohibited Shahan from entering any gaming institutions.

Though I do not have too much sympathy for the "gambling granny," a full 14-months of house arrest seems like a fairly stiff sentence in the absence of any evidence that the kids were hurt.  (Though I suspect my judgment here is skewed by the fact that, in the same region, Donte Stallworth only got a slightly tougher sentence for a DUI killing).

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Is this even a crime? A 14 yo kid knows enough to get out of a car.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 21, 2009 3:39:03 PM

If leaving a 14-year-old in charge of a 2-year-old is a crime, then my daughter is guilty every time she babysits for our neighbor. You've got to be kidding me.

Posted by: lawyer | Jul 21, 2009 5:30:39 PM

Take it up with Stewart and Thomas: an uncommonly silly law, but still constitutional.

Posted by: . | Jul 21, 2009 5:43:43 PM

If Granny had left the kids and gone inside a church or a grocery store, I bet this case would have never been charged. She's being punished for gambling -- hence the probation condition to stay away from casinos.

Posted by: CN | Jul 21, 2009 7:31:21 PM

Grandma's "felony" crime is inciting bogus outrage.

Her punishment is being subjected to enough public humiliation and scorn (in addition to the jail time) to help Assistant State Attorney Mary Ann "champion of child protection" Braun land her next big job.

The question now is which honorable, eagle-eyed member of Congress will be first with legislation to make leaving kids in a car while gambling a federal offense.

Posted by: John K | Jul 23, 2009 9:36:55 AM

Levenson also prohibited Shahan from entering any gaming institutions.

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