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Corunna woman found guilty of locking disabled sister in closet for years

Candy Lawson was found guilty on unlawful imprisonment, vulnerable adult abuse and embezzlement Monday afternoon. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

CORUNNA, Mich. - The Mid-Michigan woman accused of locking her disabled sister in a closest for years is headed to jail.

Candy Lawson was found guilty on unlawful imprisonment, vulnerable adult abuse and embezzlement Monday afternoon.

The Corunna woman could face up to 15 years in prison.

Lawson was convicted of abusing her disabled sister and stealing her disability benefits.

She allegedly kept Dianna Churchill in a locked closet for over six years with little food, water, or clothing.

"I believe that the way that that was done violated my client's sixth amendment right to confrontation, to confront witnesses against her. So, that's the primary issue that we'll be appealing on," said Lawson’s attorney Amy Husted.

"We feel great. This has been two years coming, so we're feeling very satisfied,” said prosecutor Deana Finnigan.

Lawson will be back in court for her sentencing October 27.

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