Attorney Sara Micheletti represented and advocated for the best interests of an incompetent ward at a sentencing hearing on February 19, 2015.
Todd Laseke, the ward’s father and guardian wrongly withdrew, over $500,000 from his adult son’s guardianship account over a 4 year period. Attorney Micheletti was appointed in November, 2011. She discovered the theft and had the guardian removed. The ward’s father was later charged with Theft over $10,000, a class G Felony. He was found guilty after a no contest plea.
Attorney Micheletti appeared as Guardian ad Litem for the victim. She argued that Todd Laseke should be punished stealing from his son and the sentence should send a message to the community that theft from vulnerable adults will not be tolerated. Judge Des Jardins rejected the joint recommendation from the State and Laseke’s attorney of 4-5 years probation and instead sentenced him to 5 years prison and 5 years of extended supervision. He will be required to pay restitution to his son of approximately $367,000.