Man gets 7 years for stealing from hospital patients

ATLANTA (AP) - A Social services representative is accused of stealing from patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Tacuma Jawara, who is 54, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by taking.

He is accused of having taken jewelry and wedding rings from two
patients and about $1,000 in money orders from a third.

The judge said the very personal nature of the crimes made them
more egregious than other thefts.
Jawara said he stole to support his "full-blown" gambling
addiction. After the sentencing, he apologized to the victims'
families and his own friends and family.

Parole board spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb said Jawara will be
eligible for parole in 3 years and 4 months.

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