A 53-year-old Laramie woman accused of taking advantage of her elderly father-in-law before his death in 2007 has been sentenced to 10 years of probation.

​​Lelon Freeman's family contends Linda Freeman -- who cared for Lelon while he lived at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center -- withdrew more than $700,000 from his accounts and used the money to buy property and build a home.

Linda Freeman, who pleaded no contest to a single count of abuse of a vulnerable adult in April, maintains she had her father-in-law's permission to move the money.

But court records and prosecutors say Lelon Freeman didn't have the mental capacity to authorize the transfers.

Laramie County District Court Judge Catherine Rogers also ordered Linda Freeman to pay more than $530,000 in restitution.

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