Lake coroner's daughter avoids prison

2013-08-26T19:30:00Z 2013-08-26T21:06:41Z Lake coroner's daughter avoids prisonBill Dolan, (219) 662-5328
August 26, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A daughter of the Lake County coroner has been placed on probation following her conviction for trespassing at her mother's home earlier this year.

Amie M. Frey, 34, and her boyfriend, David R. Storey, 32, both of Hobart, pleaded guilty last month before Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez to a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.

The judge imposed probation on the couple until July 2014.

The two signed a written admission they were on the property of Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey on Feb. 18 without the coroner's permission under an agreement with the prosecutor's office that offered them leniency.

The county prosecutor's office agreed to drop the more serious charges against them of felony burglary and felony residential entry at the coroner's home that carried maximum prison terms ranging up to 20 years.

The coroner called police to her home in Winfield Feb. 18 after returning from an errand and finding Storey parked in her driveway and her daughter inside the house.

The coroner told police last February she found a rear door had been forced open, furniture in disarray and a safe was missing from the house. She told police she asked Amie Frey to empty her pockets and they were filled with jewelry belonging to the coroner.

Storey served 153 days in the Lake County Jail and Amie Frey served 14 days in jail between the time of their arrest in February and their conviction last month.

A condition of Amie Frey's probation requires her to take part in a court-approved mental health program as well as attend Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.




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