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St. Albans Mom Received New Truancy Sentence

Reported: Jun. 4, 2014 8:22 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 4, 2014 8:27 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- A St. Albans woman was back in Kanawha County court on Wednesday for a new sentence regarding her truancy case.

Beth Bennett pleaded guilty to truancy in April 2013, after her son, Nathan, had five unexcused absences. Bennett was fined, placed on probation, and told to do community service. The state supreme court ruled that her sentence was unfair because truant parents are not required to complete all three punishments.

Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom ordered Bennett to pay a $50 fine, plus court costs. The St. Albans mom said the ruling is fair.

"I'm very pleased," Bennett said. "I'm very pleased that he took into consideration the evidence, Nathan's grades last year and Nathan's grades this year, and the attendance records from last year."

Bennett is still working with an attorney to have the misdemeanor cleared from her name.



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