Woman pleads guilty to stealing from family friend

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

A Norwalk woman with a history of probation violations pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing two checks from a family friend.

Amy L. Lykins, 32, most recently of 61-B N. Hester St., faces six to 12 months behind bars when she is sentenced Aug. 13 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She is eligible for a prison term because of prior felony convictions for attempted tampering with evidence and trafficking in heroin.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the state is interested in the victim's feedback before making a recommendation on sentencing.

Some time after Lykins was released from prison, she was staying with a family friend. Kasper said the man's bank notified him his checking account was overdrawn and later determined Lykins wrote out two stolen checks for $100 each to herself. Each of the checks was dated March 17. Kasper said Lykins admitted to the victim she committed the forgery.

"The checks had been in his chest of drawers," Kasper added.

The victim, who was in the courtroom, declined to comment Tuesday.

In late July, Lykins was sentenced to about five months in prison for violating her probation in two felony cases. She tested positive for multiple drugs during a drug screen a few days earlier at the Huron County Jail and didn't report for three office visits.

Judge Jim Conway sentenced Lykins to a total of 28 months in prison, but credited her with the time she already served.

On May 7, 2013, Lykins was about five days from successfully completing the four- to six-month program in a community-based corrections facility when she was kicked out for "verbal aggression" with another client. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Lykins had said she and the female client had a disagreement "across the field," which involved mutual name-calling, but there was no physical confrontation.

"We decided it was stupid and we talked about it," said Lykins, who had resolved the situation with the woman before a CBCF supervisor wrote up Lykins.

After a June 11, 2012 hearing, Lykins went to Cleveland to buy some drugs, a prosecutor said. She was out on bond on a heroin case when she committed the tampering offense.

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