A Louisa County Circuit jury found a Troy woman guilty of grand larceny during her July 31 trial. Lori Ann Raines was sentenced on Friday, Sept. 27.
Raines asked to serve her time only on weekends, as she is currently in the process of filing for custody of her disabled three-year-old granddaughter. If not weekends, she asked the court to extend when she would report to the Central Virginia Regional Jail to allow time to get her affairs in order.
Third-year law student, Bryan Jones, representing the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, told the court that Raines has never taken responsibility for her actions and had given several different accounts of why there was unpaid merchandise in her shopping cart.
Jones objected to the extension, citing Raines has had months in which to get her affairs in order.
Raines concealed merchandise in her cart at Walmart in Zion Crossroads and proceeded outside when she was stopped.
Defense attorney Richard Harry asked that the court consider his client’s medical conditions and circumstances.
Raines testified she has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a spot on her lung, problems with the sixth through eighth vertebrae in her back and numerous other medical issues.
Jones objected, stating that there is no documentation to support any of the medical conditions in which Raines implied she has.
Before she was sentenced, the court gave Raines an opportunity to speak.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 3 edition of The Central Virginian.