Forrest County woman pleads guilty to exploitation of vulnerable adult - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Forrest County woman pleads guilty to exploitation of vulnerable adult

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Nashville resident has pleaded guilty to exploitation of a close relative classified as a vulnerable adult, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Valeria Knight, 51, entered an open plea Friday morning before Forrest County Circuit Judge Robert Helfrich to two counts of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

The Judge ordered Knight to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and suspended all 10 years contingent upon completion of five years post release supervision.

Knight was also ordered to pay full restitution of $16,896.10, a fine of $2,500 and a $100 assessment to the Crime Victim Compensation fund of the Attorney General's office plus all court costs.

Knight resided in Forrest County when the crime occurred. She was arrested last July after being indicted by a Forrest County Grand Jury on the exploitation charges.

The case was investigated by the Vulnerable Adults Unit of the Attorney General's Office and prosecuted by the unit's director, Special Assistant Attorney General Treasure Tyson.

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