Thief did the crime, can't do the time

Carla Freeman (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Carla Freeman (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI (AP) - A convicted thief has been granted freedom after being turned away eight times from the county jail in Cincinnati.

She recently gave birth, so a judge signed a defense motion Wednesday to release her from her six-month jail sentence.

Twenty-eight-year-old Carla Freeman had been sentenced for failing to pay more than $2,000 restitution to The Home Depot for a 2004 theft case.

Because it was a low-level, nonviolent crime, she was turned away when she reported to the overcrowded jail on Jan. 4. That later happened seven more times.

Her attorney said Freeman had not been able to get a job with a jail sentence hanging over her.

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