Crime

She posed as family to a slain teen. Now she’s going to prison.

Jessica Chambers
Jessica Chambers Submitted

A Blue Springs woman used the gruesome death of a Mississippi teenager to attempt to fraudulently collect donations meant for the young woman’s family, officials said.

Janet Lee Posey, 41, was sentenced to serve seven years in prison, with three more years suspended, as well as three years on probation and $1,433 in court costs, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. She had pleaded guilty Monday in Union County to false pretense.

Posey represented herself as a family member of Jessica Chambers and created a Facebook page to try to persuade people to donate money. She was caught in December 2014, before any money was raised.

The Panola County 19-year-old was doused in gasoline and burned to death Dec. 6, 2014.

Her boyfriend, Quinton Tellis, 27, originally of Courtland, is charged in her death.

“This defendant posed as a family member of the victim and created a Facebook page in an attempt to convince people to donate money to her, where she intended to take it for her own personal use,” Attorney General Jim Hood said. “Her acts are reprehensible.”

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints

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