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UPDATE: Convicted Burglar Requests Reduced Sentence

By: WSAZ News Staff, Randy Yohe Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Randy Yohe Email

UPDATE 9/16/12 @ 3 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman who made a Kennedy plea to a home invasion last September was back in court Thursday.

Tiffany Lucas, 27, of Huntington, was sentenced to prison time for her role in the crime, but her cousin Melissa received home confinement.

Tiffany was a cleaning lady at the home at the time of the crime.

Thursday, counsel for Tiffany asked that her sentenced be reduced to the same sentence as her cousin.

Judge Alfred Ferguson is taking it under consideration.

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UPDATE 5/22/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cousins who pleaded to a home invasion in which a 72-year-old cancer patient was hurt were sentenced Tuesday.

27-year-old Tiffany Lucas, of Huntington, the homeowner’s cleaning lady, and her cousin, 28-year-old Melissa Lucas, of Salt Rock, were arrested and charged in the incident that happened at the home of Harold Parsons near Salt Rock back in September.

In February, Melissa pleaded guilty to burglary and one count of conspiracy. In March, Tiffany Lucas entered a Kennedy Plea to burglary and conspiracy.

Tuesday, during their sentencing hearing, Judge Alfred Ferguson told Tiffany that evidence showed she was the one who planned this and knew all the details about the victim. Ferguson then sentenced her to 1 to 15 years and 1 to 5 years in jail to run consecutively.

He then sentenced Melissa to 1 to 15 and 1 to 5 on home confinement to run consecutively.

Before being sentenced both women said they were sorry for their actions and took responsibility for what they did.

Tiffany is being allowed to complete her education at ITT Tech before reporting to jail on June 9.



UPDATE 3/23/12 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There is a second plea deal in a home invasion where a 72- year-old cancer patient was hurt.

The incident happened at a house near Salt Rock back in September. Harold Parsons was taken the hospital following the attack.

27-year-old Tiffany Lucas, of Huntington, the homeowner’s cleaning lady, and her cousin, 28-year-old Melissa Lucas, of Salt Rock, were arrested and charged in the incident.

Sheriff Tom McComas said Melissa Lucas broke into the home using a spare key and then tried to steal medication and money while Parsons was asleep.

But when Parsons woke up, the Sheriff says Melissa hit him in the head and then ran outside -- where Tiffany was driving the get-away car.

In September, the cousins were each indicted on two counts of conspiracy, one count of burglary and one count of attempted first-degree robbery charges.

Friday, Tiffany Lucas entered a Kennedy Plea to burglary and conspiracy. She will be sentenced in May.

Last month, Melissa pleaded guilty to burglary and one count of conspiracy. She will be sentenced in April

A Kennedy Plea is a guilty plea that is entered when a defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence.



UPDATE 2/15/12 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A plea deal has been made for one of the two women arrested and charged in a home invasion where a 72- year-old cancer patient was hurt.

The incident happened at a house along Route 10 near Salt Rock back in September.

Harold Parsons had to be taken the hospital to be checked out following the attack.

Cabell County Sheriff Deputies arrested 27-year-old Tiffany Lucas, of Huntington, the homeowner’s cleaning lady, and her cousin, 28-year-old Melissa Lucas, of Salt Rock.

Following the arrests, Sheriff Tom McComas said Melissa Lucas broke into the home using a spare key and then tried to steal medication and money while the homeowner was asleep. When the man woke up, the Sheriff says she hit him over the head and then ran outside, where Tiffany was driving the get-away car.

In September, the cousins were each indicted on two counts of conspiracy, one count of burglary and one count of attempted 1st degree robbery charges.

Thursday during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Melissa pleaded guilty to burglary and one count of conspiracy. She will be sentenced in April

Tiffany Lucas is also expected to enter into a plea deal in the case. Her hearing is set for next month.



UPDATE 9/26/11 @ 5:45 p.m.
SALT ROCK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The prescription for abuse has hit home for an elderly man who's battling cancer.

An attack that happened during the weekend is sparking a strong reaction.

WSAZ.com's Randy Yohe talked Monday with Harold Parsons, 72, who rallied from his sickbed to fight back.

Parsons, a Cabell County resident, suffers from five cancers and two brain aneurysms. As a result, he needs a housekeeper -- a housekeeper who Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says plotted an inside job with her cousin. Both are now behind bars.

“I'd give her money and send her to the store, and she'd bring change back," Parsons said.

He said he trusted Tiffany Lucas, his housekeeper of six months placed by the West Virginia Choice home health agency, even though some of his strongest medications seemed to disappear.

“I was kind of suspicious about my pills," Parsons said. "I was running out too quickly. I couldn't take that many.”

Last Friday, Parsons said Lucas drove him to the bank where he withdrew $500. After she left, Parsons said much of the money was missing.

Later that evening, Parsons said he was in bed when his front door opened loudly.

The sheriff says it was Lucas' cousin, Melissa Lucas, who had a key.

Parsons says before he knew it, he was hit with something hard on the head. But as he fell to the floor, he hit back.

“I got a hold of her and grazed a lick on her hip or somewhere else. I was afraid she had a gun," Parsons said.

He said as the invader took off down his hall, he tackled her -- whether she had a gun or not.

“I was too weak to hold her," Parsons said. "She said, 'I can’t do this' and out the door she went.”

Deputies say Melissa Lucas went to a getaway car that cousin Tiffany was driving. McComas said Melissa confessed a few hours afterward, and both women were arrested.

Parsons says he now keeps an equalizer -- a rifle -- near his bed. And he said Tiffany Lucas' father called him to drop the charges against his daughter.

“I'm not going to drop nothing," Parsons said. "'ll drop her if I get a hold of her.”

He said earlier in the day, Tiffany had disabled his phone as part of the plot, and her cousin didn't get a thing Friday night -- except arrested.

Yohe spoke with the West Virginia Choice health care personnel who placed Tiffany Lucas. They say a thorough background check came up clean.

Parson said he'll get his next housekeeper through his nurse's recommendation.

Tiffany and Melissa Lucas both face felony assault and burglary charges. If found guilty, they could spend up to 35 years in prison.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/24/11
SALT ROCK, W.Va. (WSAZ ) -- A 70-year-old cancer patient is in the hospital after investigators say his cleaning lady engineered a home invasion at his house to steal his prescription medications.

It happened about 7 p.m. Friday at a house along Route 10.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas tells WSAZ.com that 27-year-old Tiffany Lucas, the homeowner’s cleaning lady, and her cousin, 28-year-old Melissa Lucas, were arrested early Saturday after one of them admitted to the crime.

Sheriff McComas says Melissa Lucas broke into the man's home using a spare key, and then tried to steal medication and money while he was asleep. When the man woke up, she hit him over the head and then ran outside, where Tiffany was driving the get-away car.

Sheriff McComas says Melissa confessed just before 2 a.m. Saturday. She's been charged with malicious wounding, nighttime burglary, assault and destruction of property.

McComas says Tiffany is being uncooperative with investigators. She has been charged as an accessory to the crimes.

The victim’s name is not being released to protect him from another possible attack. He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center to be checked out.

Both women are in the Western Regional Jail.

"It's getting so bad in Salt Rock you cant hire a cleaning lady to come and clean your house," said Salt Rock resident Timothy Harbour. "They're out here beating up the older people they're cleaning for and stealing their pills and stuff. Salt rock is getting so bad that pills, that's all it is."


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