A Pennsylvania housekeeper found guilty of stealing vintage sports memorabilia from a dying man has been sentenced to 16 to 46 months behind bars and 15 years’ probation.
After a week-long trial last October, a Montgomery County jury deliberated about six hours before reaching a verdict in the trail of 46-year-old Kimberley Williams.
She had been charged in several theft cases, one of which involved the theft of thousands of dollars in vintage baseball memorabilia belonging to Adam Kaplan, a local resident who was suffering from serious health problems at the time and died in 2008.
Williams was found guilty of stealing items that had been given to Kaplan by Amos Strunk, a neighbor who played professional baseball from 1908-1924. The items sold for over $61,000 at auction after Williams said she had inherited them from Kaplan, who died in 2008, and consigned them to auction.
An investigation of Williams began nearly two years ago after Kaplan’s family discovered photo albums of his baseball memorabilia had been sold. She claimed Kaplan gave her the items. She blamed her estranged husband for setting her up.
The Pottstown Mercury has been covering the case.