Cheri Drick, who went from being the wife of Joliet’s fire chief to being Inmate R82388 at the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, was scheduled to be released [2/11] after serving three years of her eight-year sentence for methodically draining — with her husband, Joe, — the bank accounts of an elderly Joliet woman.
Disgraced ex-Fire Chief Joe Drick, currently in a work-release program out of the Jacksonville Correctional Center in Peoria, is due for parole in July on his eight-year sentence for his role in the theft of $210,000 from Gladys Farrington’s estate, estimated at more than $1.5 million.
Will County Circuit Court Judge Robert Livas sentenced the couple to eight years in prison for financial exploitation of an elderly person, crediting them for the 73 days spent in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
The Dricks reportedly spotted Farrington, an 82-year-old daily communicant at St. Raymond’s Cathedral, on her way to Mass one bitterly cold morning in November 2003 and gave her a ride.
It took jurors On Oct. 1, only three-and-a-half hours to find the Dricks guilty of financial exploitation of an elderly person, and guilty of theft by deception.
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