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DA Fighting Gambler Diversion Law for Grandma in Theft Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas woman’s bid to get out of prison and into gambling addiction treatment has become a fight over whether she can be freed to house arrest until the state Supreme Court decides if she’s eligible for placement in a court diversion and restitution program.

Jerry Nann Meador has been in legal limbo since last month, when her felony theft conviction was overturned by a judge who ruled she’s eligible for treatment. She remains in prison, with arguments about her custody status scheduled Monday in Clark County District Court.

Prosecutors say there’s no way Meador can ever repay more than $500,000 she admitted she stole from the plumbing company where she kept the books for decades.

Her defense attorneys argue she’s a prime candidate for a little-used state law that allows treatment instead of prison for people with diagnosed gambling addictions.

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