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Crime & Courts

Nurse pleaded guilty to stealing from patients

Sharon A. McNeal
Sharon A. McNeal

A registered nurse will be sentenced in March for stealing from patients at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Sharon A. McNeal, 44, rural Streator, pleaded guilty Friday to stealing money from two patients June 20 at OSF St. Elizabeth. She stole $340 from one patient and more than $500 from the second patient, while the patients were in treatment rooms, according to Ottawa police.

McNeal, who is free on $2,000 cash bond, is to be sentenced Thursday, March 14. She was previously convicted of retail theft.

An OSF St. Elizabeth spokeswoman would not comment on McNeal's employment status at the hospital, only saying the hospital takes seriously criminal allegations and cooperates with police.

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