October 3, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Ruth K. Hook, who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on September 30, 2016.
Hook, age 42, of Lafayette, was sentenced to four years Probation on condition that she serve 364 days in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility, which the Court will allow the defendant to serve on the In-Home Detention Program. She must also undergo a mental health evaluation and follow all recommendations, submit a DNA sample, complete 200 hours of community service, write a 500 word letter of apology to the victim’s family, pay $46,000.00 in restitution, have no contact with the victim’s family and pay $155 in court fines/fees.
She pled guilty on June 29, 2016 to third degree Theft.
The defendant was employed by a Stillwater family as a caretaker. Over a period of several years the defendant made purchases totaling approximately $99,000.00 on the victim’s debit and credit cards.
Hook was represented by John Somohano, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.