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Man admits taking money meant for sick child

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By Linda Ireland

A Hodgenville man has admitted he stole a jar containing money for a sick child.
Tyrone Lee, 32, was charged April 8 with theft by unlawful taking after a store clerk noticed a donation jar was missing.
LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield reviewed surveillance footage to determine what happened. According to his citation, Lee entered IGA Express about 9:22 p.m. and approached the counter to pay for some items. He placed his jacket over the donation jar and carried it from the store.
The jar contained about $100 in bills and coins, left by store patrons to assist a local family struggling with a child’s medical bills. The young girl has been battling cancer for several years.
Lee pleaded guilty in LaRue District Court. He was fined $303, with $130 of his court costs waived. He must pay the remainder by July 17.
He was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, probated for two years, and given credit for the seven days he served. District Judge C. Derek Reed ordered him to stay out of IGA Express.
Brownfield said it’s the second time he has charged someone with taking money intended for a sick child.
In 2010, Theresa Ann Cox, then 43, of Louisville was charged with taking a collection jar from IGA Express. She was sentenced to 30 days and required to serve 10. She was placed under two years unsupervised probation and fined $583.
The judge ordered her to stay out of LaRue County.