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Woman who gambled away in-laws' fortune hospitalized

TBO.com Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:18 AM

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Sentencing for a woman who pleaded guilty of stealing more than a half-million dollars she stole from her in-laws and gambling it away has been postponed after her attorney says she overdosed on prescription pills and alcohol.

Jennifer Dennison, who was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, was found unconscious on Nov. 9 in her home, according to a motion filed by her attorney, Bruce Denson.

She was then transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she remained unconscious and on life support for two days, he wrote.

Denson added that she has yet to be medically cleared and will still need to be held for at least 72 hours afterward.

Her new sentencing date hasn't been scheduled.

In August, Dennison pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from her in-laws as she gambled away more than $14 million on slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.

Dennison's father-in-law, Laverne Dennison, died of cancer in 2011. Her mother-in-law suffers from dementia.

She was able to access the couple's account through her then-husband, Scott, who had power of attorney over his parents' finances.

Deputies said Dennison forged the couple's signature or her husband's to access the funds.

As part of her plea, the maximum prison sentence she could receive is 10 years. She also could receive a shorter sentence coupled with probation.

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