CAMBRIDGE -- After deliberating for just more than an hour, a Henry County jury on Friday found Kristin Holzman, of Geneseo, guilty of faking cancer in order to receive thousands of dollars in money and donations from the community.
Jurors found Ms. Holzman committed the offense of theft by deception of more than $10,000. They also found her guilty of solicitation of obstruction of justice in connection with her call to ask the president of the Art Hooker Evangelical Association to write a letter stating she received $3,100 from him because of her financial status, not because of the impression she was terminally ill with inoperable brain cancer.
The verdict came five days after jurors began hearing testimony from 22 witnesses and viewed more than 800 pages of medical records obtained by prosecutors from ten different medical agencies.
Upon hearing the verdict, Ms. Holzman's ex-husband, Tom Holzman, described his feeling of bittersweet justice.
"She's still the mother of my daughter, but she's never been accountable for her actions. This is is the first time she has been held accountable," Mr. Holzman said.
Among the two dozen people in the courtroom on Friday were several witnesses who testified throughout the week.
Amanda Baumgardner testified earlier in the week that she held at least two benefits for Ms. Holzman, who she considered her "best friend." During those benefits, Ms. Baumgardner raised more than $5,000. "I was justified in everything I've done. I know I was doing the right thing," Ms. Baumgardner said after the verdict.
Ms. Holzman had no comment after the verdict was read. Her attorney, Jack Schwartz, was unavailable for comment.
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