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Woman who killed kids guilty in money scheme
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Jan 24, 2014, 10:43

COLONIAL HEIGHTS ó A Chesterfield woman who pleaded guilty last week to the involuntary manslaughter of her two children faces up to another 20 years in prison for the acquisition of $3,000 in cash through unlawful withdrawals from an ATM.

Brittney Downing, 23, pleaded guilty in Colonial Heights Circuit Court on Tuesday morning to one felony count of obtaining cash through false pretenses with two separate bank accounts on multiple occasions between August 2012 and September 2012. This charge comes with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a minimum of 1 year in prison.

According to the prosecution, Downing would write checks for a non-existent sum of money from a Wells Fargo bank account to be deposited into a Virginia Credit Union bank account. She would then withdraw money from the Virginia Credit Union ATM before the bank actually verified the money from the Wells Fargo account, essentially withdrawing money she didnít possess.

Of the $3,000 in total losses, Downing hasnít paid any restitution so far, the prosecution said.

Authorities did not catch up with Downing until April 2013, almost seven months after the initial offenses.

Downing is scheduled to have a pre-sentence report on April 25.

Downing already faces up to 25 years in prison for two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of child neglect, after she left her two children, Jelani A. Downing-Batson (20-months-old) and Jade Downing (two-months-old), in the backseat of her car while she went to work at a hotel in Henrico on a hot day in May 2013. She drove all the way back to where she was then living in Prince George before calling 911.

She is currently out on a $65,000 bond for her manslaughter charges until her sentencing in the Henrico Circuit Court† on March 26, in addition to being on bond for the larceny through false pretenses charge.

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