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November 19, 2013

Former nanny overdoses, admits probation violation


Yesterday, her probation officer and her attorney agreed not to seek more jail time but instead asked Machera to impose stricter drug treatment conditions.

Thomas Burke, Shaktman’s lawyer, called last month’s overdose “a wake-up call.”

That’s the same language used by her prior attorneys.

Shaktman yesterday told the judge, “I don’t want to go back. I’ve put my family through a lot. I want my life back. I’m really committed to this. I’m an only child. I can’t do that to my parents.”

“I’m going to give you a chance,” Machera told Shaktman. “Hopefully, you’re going to take advantage of it. There are things that could happen to you that are worse than jail.”

Shaktman must continue to make restitution payments in the case.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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