George Maroskos, the owner of JGM Numismatics in Beverly, was sitting in the courtroom yesterday. He is under a court order to pay $10,000 in restitution, after he was found guilty of hindering police as they searched for the missing items. He will now share that obligation with Masella; together, they will have to repay the $10,000.
Prosecutor Alex Grimes asked that Masella serve six months in jail time, with the rest of a two-year term suspended. But Masella’s lawyer argued successfully to keep Masella out of jail so that she can keep working to pay her share of the restitution.
He said Masella’s actions were driven by addiction.
Since the incident and the charges, Masella has done “substantial work” in dealing with an alcohol problem, he said. She’s now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, said the lawyer, and is building a life for herself and her 6-year-old son.
“Is this how you honor being a mother to your son, by robbing this woman blind?” asked Machera, who went on to ask how Masella would feel if someone had done something similar to her mother.
“I stand before you 100 percent humbled,” said a tearful Masella.
Machera sentenced her to a total of 51/2 years in jail, but suspended all of the sentences for as long as she complies with conditions of probation, including paying restitution, submitting to random alcohol and drug tests, and having no contact with the victim, over the next three years.
“This is your last chance,” the judge warned.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.