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Scott Dean's adopted daughter gets probation in jewel theft

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 11:19 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 1:19 AM
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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter pleaded guilty Monday to a July theft and was sentenced to probation and restitution.

Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to burglary at a sentencing hearing in Columbia County. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother and selling it at pawn shops. She was indicted on burglary and theft by receiving charges in September and Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez was indicted for burglary.

Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Dean to seven years probation, with credit for time served since her July 21 arrest, under the First Offender Act. Dean also must pay $17,100 in restitution and a $500 fine.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said charges will likely be dropped against Nevarez pending Dean’s plea and sentence.

Dean was arrested in Harlem and a judge refused to grant a bond at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing.

Her adoptive mother was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. The next morning, she awoke and found a bracelet on the floor, alerting her to check her jewelry box, Myers said. She reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.

Nevarez told authorities she took Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750 and possibly a gold heart necklace, Myers said. Dean used her passport for identification and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.

The ring was identified by Dean’s adoptive mother and recovered, as was a topaz ring Dean pawned May 9 at a shop in Augusta.

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sunny13
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sunny13 12/03/12 - 12:31 pm
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Must you???

I really wish the paper would stop calling the children of Scott and Renee Dean "adopted." It is an insult to all adopted children and adults out there to be constantly referred to as "adopted" as if it were a disease or something. Once adopted you are in every sense of the word the child of those parents. Really annoying!

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soapy_725 12/03/12 - 12:49 pm
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Scott and Renee have natural children
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Maybe the AC is trying to protect the innocent? The AC is noted for being a defender of the innocent.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/03/12 - 01:43 pm
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There's no reality in this.

"Dean also must pay $17,100 in restitution and a $500 fine."
Don't forget probation isn't free either, there are more fees to be paid.

Let's process this... Marlin has no education, no money, no skills, no money, no job, no money, no family support, no money, no husband, no money.

Sentencing a blind person to see makes more sense to me.

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Lakeside95 12/03/12 - 08:33 pm
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Don't forget that the

Don't forget that the co-defendant, who is an illegal immigrant per court records-was not prosecuted. Per Rex Myers- the victim (Renee Dean) asked that Ms. Naverez not be prosecuted.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/12 - 02:04 pm
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Recovery

I just assumed that once the theft was discovered that Mrs. Dean got all her jewelry back from the pawn shops. Is that true? If so, the only restitution would be to the pawn shop owners, and it ought to be for what they paid Marlin, which would be way less than Renee's declared value of the jewelry. That $17,000 sounds seriously steep.

And I agree with Willow Bailey.

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rmwhitley 12/03/12 - 06:07 pm
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Is there some
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relation to lindsay lohan here?

AlexisDeanRippe
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AlexisDeanRippe 12/03/12 - 09:19 pm
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It is about time

Thank you little lamb. This is the first comment you have made about my family that hasn't disgusted me.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/04/12 - 04:19 am
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Willow

That was hilarious. It also makes perfect sense!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/04/12 - 08:56 am
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Mixed Identity

Alexis, are you sure you don't have me mixed up with Riverman? Through the trial I posted several times in support of Scott Dean. I suggested the accusations might not rise to the level of molestation. And once the trial was over, I certainly posted that the sentence was much too harsh.

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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 10:04 am
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LL said, "Alexis, are you

LL said, "Alexis, are you sure you don't have me mixed up with Riverman? "

Hey, wait a second. She must be talking about someone else. I most certainly did take up for at least one daughter in the family. But I don't have much to say about this incident. This is the daughter who testified for Scott Dean.

Kind of a funny situation here with the theft and pressing charges. I don't understand the daughter having to pay all that money either. It says the jewelry was only pawned. So that's not the whole value of the jewelry if my Pawn Shop Stars education is right.

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Willow Bailey 12/04/12 - 10:08 am
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Shrimp, I'm confused. What is

Shrimp, I'm confused. What is so hilarious about the personal pain of others?

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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 10:14 am
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By the way, I did post once

By the way, I did post once that I was surprised by the harshness of the sentence. I also posted I wouldn't have been opposed if Dean had been released when his last appeal was made at the end of his first year in prison. If anyone has the time, feel free to go back and find those posts. Not that I don't think he was guilty and should have been punished.

Lakeside95 knows more about this case than most of us and she has changed her position it seems with regards to those involved. Are the Dean's getting divorced? Something has changed.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/04/12 - 10:20 am
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Welcome to sunny13

sunny13, Welcome to online commenting. I wish I could give you 1000 thumbs up on your first comment as I completely agree with you!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/04/12 - 10:52 am
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LOL

Little Lamb diming out Riverman.

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Lakeside95 12/04/12 - 11:12 am
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Changed Position

Riverman1... you are wrong if you think I have changed any of my positions/opinions regarding the Marlin Dean case or the Scott Dean case. I have always maintained that Scott Dean is innocent, and that the trial was a miscarriage of justice in all ways. If you think that my silence on the Chronicle is evidence of changed position, I will clarify my absence. Glenn Beck and Ron White are both correct. You cannot argue with idiots and you can't fix stupid.

But I have also come to the realization that any time spent on the Chronicle or in any media outlet defending Scott or Marlin Dean is wasted. The truth will come out in the end, and there is nothing I can say here that will change that.

I will comment on the 'punishment' handed down from the bench. Overstreet allowed both lawyers to speak, he listened and was well aware of the presented materials prior to the hearing yesterday. That was in sharp contrast to the way that Blanchard handled the Scott Dean trial.

The above comments are also very true. Marlin is a 19 year old, with some experiences that would make her wise beyond her years and yet she is still very much learning and making mistakes as she learns. Marlin has an education level of about 8th grade. While she was attending the 10th grade, her age was more of a factor than any real knowledge or skill set. She has no drivers license, and has no way or ability to obtain one. She has only worked part-time at Red Oak Manor, but mainly as a babysitter for her younger siblings.
As you can see, she could be headed for a lifetime of government assistance, unskilled labor jobs and a never-ending cycle of poverty. A felony conviction for Burglary effectively removes all job possibilities, even those that may not require an education. Knowing all of these issues, the victim in this case (Renee Dean) actively pursued restitution from Marlin. In Marlin's case, $17,100 is no different than $171,000. Her ability to pay is the same. She was also given 7 years probation, which could cost up to $100 per month on top of the restitution amount and her fine.

Additionally, the ADA told the court that the victim did NOT want to prosecute the co-defendant (Eva Naverez). According to court and jail records the co-defendant is in the country illegally, and has an active case pending with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Division. The co-defendant was also allowed bond while Marlin, a US citizen was not. The reason? The victim made a statement to the court during the bond hearing that stated that Marlin was a flight risk. In my opinion if Marlin was a flight risk due to her past history of leaving the country, then an illegal immigrant would also qualify as a flight risk. Both women have babies less than 2 years old, both women are fluent in Spanish, both women have traveled without permission across our countries border.

I am hopeful that I have clearly defined my position and added some information that was not stated in the article. All of the above information is in the public domain; both hearings will have transcripts that will be available from the Clerk's Office, the co-defendant's immigration status was verified through the discovery sent by the co-defendant's attorney as well as the hold from DHS placed on the co-defendant while she was in the CCDC.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/04/12 - 02:07 pm
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There's got to be a better solution for these types of crimes

Whether we give birth through adoption or give live birth, we are the parents of our children and as such we have the obligation to help our children get on their feet no matter how difficult of a job it proves to be.

I know of several "grown" children whose parents have unwisely decided to toss them out into the world with no education or jobs to make their own way. They have all landed in jail just trying to survive. They all have records, no chances for jobs. They all have debts and fines to the court that they will never be able to pay.

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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 05:32 pm
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Lakeside95, I really don't

Lakeside95, I really don't want to press you on any of this, but the Renee D. aspect still puzzles me. It appears SD's main witness, M, has been charged with a crime by RD. Does this not seem surprising? Divorce?

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Lakeside95 12/04/12 - 05:51 pm
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Unable and unwilling to comment.

Riverman1, I would have no insight as to the state of mind or the thoughts behind Renee Dean's actions. Although her requesting restitution from Marlin while also asking for the charges to be dropped for the co-defendant may allow you to make inferences with regard to Renee Dean's thoughts and plans.

Any divorce proceedings would be public record. As I have not seen a Breaking News announcement from the Chronicle or the various tv stations, I would think that there was nothing to report. I feel certain that the local media will report any updates/information that could be linked to Scott Dean.

You asked if this surprised me. Nothing surprises me.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 06:30 pm
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Lakeside95, thanks.

Lakeside95, thanks.

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Lakeside95 12/04/12 - 11:30 pm
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You are welcome. I understand

You are welcome. I understand that anything involving the Deans and Meyers is subject to speculation and rampant misinformation. By offering the facts (especially facts that can and will be validated by court documents) I hope that many of the rumors and innuendo will lessen if not completely disappear.

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