Jury finds Candy Lawson guilty on all three counts

Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 2:08 PM EDT
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(9/25/2017) - A jury found Candy Lawson guilty of all three charges she was facing for mistreating her adoptive sister, who has special needs.

Jurors in a Shiawassee County courtroom found Lawson guilty on Monday of abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement after a two-week trial. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Lawson kept her sister, Dianna, locked in a closet for seven years inside her home until a contractor doing renovations discovered the situation in 2015. Dianna, who cannot speak or hear, weighed just 71 pounds when a police officer found her.

Lawson also was accused of misusing government benefits meant to help take care of Dianna. An account set up to receive the funds had been drained to almost nothing, but Lawson could not account for how it was spent.

Lawson testified on her own behalf last week during the trial, claiming Dianna was loved and well cared for at her Corunna home.

Lawson has been charged with abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement.