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Published: Wednesday, 8/25/2010

McConnell Hancock released early on conviction for stealing from clients

BLADE STAFF

Former Toledo lawyer Karyn McConnell Hancock was released early from an Ohio prison Wednesday during a hearing in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

McConnell Hancock, who admitted to stealing more than $624,000 from 22 clients over six years, served nearly 19 months of a four-year sentence.

In allowing a motion filed on behalf of the former attorney for judicial release, Judge David Faulkner, who is retired from the Common Pleas bench in Hardin County, placed McConnell Hancock on community control, also known as probation, for five years.

In addition, the judge ordered her to perform 300 hours of community service.

McConnell Hancock, who was licensed to practice law in the state from 1998 to 2008 when she resigned, was convicted in November, 2008, of aggravated theft and sentenced in January, 2009.

A previous request for early release filed with the court was denied by Judge Faulkner in May.

McConnell Hancock was a Toledo councilman from 2003 to 2005.



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