Shania Foster, 18, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for robbing an 84-year-old man who she met on an online dating service.
Shania reportedly met the man, Paul Aronson, through SeekingArrangement.com, a dating site “where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships.” The burglary occurred after Shania went on a second date with Aronson in October, along with her twin sister Shalaine.
The twins confessed to tying Aronson up after the date and stealing money and credit cards from his home.
According to The New York Times:
Citing the seriousness of the crime, Justice Michael Obus of State Supreme Court in Manhattan said he would not grant Ms. Foster youthful offender status, which would have made her eligible for a lesser sentence.
Mr. Aronson lay helpless on his living room floor, bound with zip ties, unable to eat or drink, from 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 1 until the next morning, when a neighbor discovered him.
“This is a case in which far worse results could have happened if the victim had not been rescued,” Justice Obus said.
Both Shania and Shalaine plead guilty to robbery, but prosecutors gave Shalaine the youthful offender status because of her lesser role in the crime.
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