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Local Man Sentenced For Exploiting His Mother

A local judge sentenced Kenneth Delbert Chamberlain to three years probation and ordered him to pay more than $4,000 in restitution for exploiting his mother.

Chamberlain, born in 1964, stole over $4,000 from his elderly mother, lost her pickup to impoundment, and took her prescription painkillers, according to court documents.

Kenneth Delbert Chamberlain, Montana Department of Corrections photo

On Monday, Chamberlain pleaded guilty to a felony charge of exploitation of an older person. The plea agreement dismissed a felony theft charge and misdemeanor forgery.

District Court Judge Kaydee Snipes Ruiz handed Chamberlain a three year suspended sentence and ordered that he pay $4,368.87 in restitution to the victim.

This sentence will run at the same time as previous sentences Chamberlain accrued. He has two previous offenses of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Judge Snipes Ruiz handed him one ruling on June 3. Judge David Cybulski, 15th Judicial District of Roosevelt County, ruled on the other sentence on Feb. 13, 2019. Both were deferred sentences.

As for the latest sentence, here’s what happened, according to court files:

In April 2018, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services began looking into whether someone was using a 79-year-old woman’s debit card without her permission.

The woman said she allowed her live-in son, Chamberlain, to use her debit card and buy items she needed when she couldn’t leave home. She said card activity began increasing in August 2017 and she received an overdraft report on March 30, 2018. Adult Protective Services discovered $2,999.37 in unauthorized debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals from her account between August 2017 and April 2018.

At first, Chamberlain denied taking his mother’s card for personal use, but then admitted it.

On Nov. 17, 2018, Protective Services received another notification of alleged exploitation and psychological abuse of the woman, who was 80. Among the allegations was theft of pain medication. The woman was five or six pain pills short and had to refill her prescription early.

Chamberlain, a “known drug addict,” was the only person living in the woman’s house.

He also stole his mother’s pickup.

In November 2018, Chamberlain became stranded in his mother’s pickup. He walked to find help and left the passenger, who was wanted on a warrant, in the pickup. When police showed up, they arrested the passenger and noticed syringes lying in plain sight.

The pickup was impounded, and after a search warrant was executed, the drug task force found methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

The task force released the pickup to Chamberlain, but he could not start it, so he left it at the police department.

The pickup was eventually towed, and by Jan. 30, 2019 the elderly woman owed the towing company $3,675. She didn’t have the money to retrieve her pickup, so she relinquished the title to the towing company.

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