Hutchins gets 90 days in jail and will pay almost $250,000 in restitution

 

A Gallatin man accused of stealing money from traumatic brain injury patients pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges of theft.

Loney Hutchins, 69, admitted to taking about a quarter of a million dollars from patients of 21st Century Living Services.

He will serve 90 days in jail and the rest of his eight-year sentence on probation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began an investigation of Hutchins' activities in 2012, and he was indicted by a Sumner County Grand Jury last May on accusations he stole from clients over a 10-year period.

He agreed to plead guilty to two counts of theft over $60,000 and 16 counts of theft over $1,000.

As part of the plea agreement, the state dismissed one charge of theft over $500 and three money laundering charges.

Hutchins' lawyer Tom Boyers said the agreement was able to be reached because Hutchins will pay back the victims.

"He and his wife will pay almost a quarter of a million dollars in restitution," he said. "I have it in (a) trust account and it will go out almost immediately."

Hutchins was booked into jail to serve his sentence at the conclusion of the court hearing.

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