A 44-year-old Pensacola woman has been convicted in connection with her exploitation of an elderly disabled World War II veteran according to a press release from the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney's office.
Kelly Lynn Knotts was convicted Thursday on charges of theft from a person 65 or older, two counts of money laundering and 38 counts of exploitation of an elderly person, the release said.
She was arrested October 2015 after a lengthy investigation conducted by the State Attorney’s Office and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The elderly victim is a disabled World War II veteran with whom Knotts stood in a position of trust and confidence as his bookkeeper and caregiver.
Knotts exploited the elderly victim over a two-year period of time by committing multiple thefts. The amount stolen exceeded $300,000.
Knotts faces up to 230 years in state prison. She is currently incarcerated awaiting sentencing that is set for May 10 before Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford.