Sentence delayed in phony will case

Sentence delayed in phony will case

Special session planned for Princeton court

A Princeton woman who forged her husband’s will was not sentenced as scheduled October 25 in Penticton court.

At the request of the judge presiding over the case the hearing will take place in a special session in Princeton on January 19, 2018.

RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy said he believes a full day has been booked to dispense of the case, but he could not comment further.

Last month Odelle Simmons pleaded guilty to fraud, admitting she forged the will of her late husband Murray Simmons in order to inherit his estate, despite the existence of a valid will that benefitted the man’s adult children.

Judge Michelle Daleniuck declined to sentence Simmons at an initial hearing October 10 after the Crown requested a sentence of three months in jail and 18 months probation, and the defense pitched a three month conditional sentence and nine months probation.

At that time Dalenuick said the case was not straightforward and there was considerable case law to review.

The hearing in January will be the first time Simmons has appeared in Princeton court, as on all previous occasions defense counsel appeared on her behalf by telephone.