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Red Wing nurse's aide took wedding ring off ailing resident's finger, pawned it


A onetime assistant at a nursing home in Red Wing, Minn., is ready to admit that she stole a wedding ring worth thousands of dollars from the finger of a severely ailing 93-year-old resident, then pawned it while on her lunch break.

Erin K. Russell, 24, of Red Wing, has a settlement conference scheduled for next week in Goodhue County District Court. At that time, according to prosecutor Elizabeth Marie Spang Breza, “the hope is” that Russell will plead guilty to the theft at the St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park home in July. “She’ll have to plead to something,” Breza said. As of now, Russell is charged with felony theft.

Russell admitted in an interview Thursday to taking the ring, but she said she hopes to avoid jail time.


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