Montgomery woman pleads guilty to lottery theft

Published 2:03 pm Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Montgomery County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly $1,000 in lottery tickets and other items from a Winchester store last year.

Kelli Browning, 30, of Jeffersonville, was arrested in November and charged with stealing, scratching and trashing multiple lottery tickets while she worked at Fast Lane Tobacco in Winchester.

Thursday, Browning pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors recommended a two-year prison sentence be diverted for three years. She would also be required to pay $997.31 in restitution for the cost of the tickets, winnings and other items she stole from the business.

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She was originally charged with attempting to influence the winning of a prize by coercion or fraud, which carried a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison upon conviction.

Browning is scheduled to be sentenced July 18.

According to police, the thefts occurred between Oct. 22 and 29, 2018. The tickets were used and scanned, but Browning did not pay for them. Surveillance video from the store also showed Browning taking groceries without paying for them and stealing money as well.

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