Neb. woman reaches deal in Iowa elder abuse case

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska woman accused of stealing more than $150,000 from an elderly Iowa woman has reached a plea deal.

Terry Lockie pleaded guilty Monday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of dependent adult abuse. A first-degree theft charge has been dismissed.

The plea agreement means a five-year prison sentence has been suspended and the 65-year-old Lockie will be on probation for two years. Her attorney says Lockie may also lose her certified public accountant license.

Lockie, of Homer, Neb., owns an accounting firm in nearby Sioux City. Court records say Lockie had power of attorney for an elderly woman who was suffering from dementia. The records say that between 2008 and 2010, Lockie took money from the woman’s accounts and put it in her own account.

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