27-year-old Cassidy Quarterman went before Judge John Fenn in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning to be sentenced on 19 counts of forgery. Quarterman had plead guilty to the charges, which indicated that she had written checks on her grandmother's bank account totaling over $8,000, forging her grandmother's signature.
There was some discussion in Court Tuesday regarding the sentencing recommendation of whether or not she could receive a deferred sentence with so many counts and instead be put on probation to go into treatment.
Both prosecutor for the State, Diana Bennett, and Quarterman's attorney, Hardy Tate, agreed that Quarterman needs treatment – she began on her road to prescription drug addiction after undergoing a serious foot surgery several years ago – but Bennett said she is not sure how successful Quarterman would do on probation.
Tate quoted his mother, who had told him in the past that “no one is beyond hope.” He also told Judge Fenn that WyStar's residency treatment program would be best for Quarterman, but that there are currently no beds available for her.
Judge Fenn decided to postpone sentencing until there is room for her in treatment. Quarterman will remain in jail until a sentence can be handed out.