MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)–A Middletown woman caught on camera stealing from a cemetery has learned her punishment.
For months, Jim Reeve, a grieving father, has wanted some closure in this case after Jacqueline Baugher of Middletown, turned herself in back in September.
Reeve says, “People need to be held responsible for their actions. When you do something bad, you need to be held accountable.
After several court appearances, Reeve feels the prosecutor listened to him. He says at the very least, Baugher will have a record. Reeve says, “I just didn’t want it to be anything that would be off her record. She needs to keep this on her record and live with the consequences of what she did. Maybe this will send a message to other people that go around vandalizing cemeteries. She got a 90 day suspended sentence, one year probation, 50 hours community service, and was told to stay away from our family. At the court appearance before that, we were walking out the door and she said, “I hope you’re happy now.” I don’t quite understand why she would say that.”
Reeve says the excuse she gave for stealing this statue, that was later returned, was that she lost some loved ones and was having some personal problems.
This was his response he read in court; “Well, Ms. Baugher, I would take all of your problems and more, if you could bring back my 19 year-old son.”
“It’s the worst tragedy a parent could go through. Leave the cemetery alone. If it were up to me, I’d have a one year mandatory sentence to anyone who vandalizes a cemetery just because it’s a cemetery, “said Reeve.
Reeve initially installed a camera at the gravesite back in 2007 because some vandals have cracked the headstone.