Woman pleads guilty to stealing from York lawyer

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A Gaffney woman charged with murder in the death of a York lawyer has admitted to stealing from him.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 67-year-old Julia Phillips pleaded guilty Monday to breach of trust and was ordered to pay restitution.

Phillips was found tied up in February 2010 near the body of 79-year-old Melvin Roberts, her longtime boyfriend. The former York mayor had been strangled with a zip-tie.

On Monday, prosecutors say Phillips admitted to fraud-related charges that accused her of taking rent money from tenants in buildings that Roberts owned and not giving the money to a realty company.

Phillips also has been charged with murder in Roberts’ death. She has been out on bond, and no trial date has been set.


Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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