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Friday, March 02, 2007

Woman Welcomes Jail Sentence in Tacoma to Get Cancer Treatment

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TACOMA, Wash. -- A Pierce County woman gladly pleaded guilty to identity theft and possession of a stolen car.

KING-TV reports that 20-year-old Melissa Matthews welcomed her seven-month sentence Tuesday because the county will pay for her expensive cervical cancer treatment while she is in jail. It was diagnosed after she was arrested in November.

Her lawyer, Stephen Oelrich, says she wouldn't receive treatment on the outside.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says law enforcement services shouldn't be used to subsidize health costs.

(KING-TV)

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