Evans man sentenced for tricking his girlfriend’s 87-year-old grandfather into signing over his home

Evans man sentenced for tricking his girlfriend’s 87-year-old grandfather into signing over his home

An Evans man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for tricking his girlfriend’s 87-year-old grandfather into signing his house over to him.

Weld County District Attorney

Jonny Stewart

Jonny Stewart, 34, was arrested and charged for the incident in August of 2017, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, who owned the home for 50 years, had let his granddaughter and her boyfriend, Stewart, live at the residence for about three years, according to a news release. They were suppose to pay rent, but rarely did, the victim told investigators.

In May of 2017, Stewart told the victim that he wanted to buy the home and he asked the octogenarian to sign paperwork for a loan. The victim, who couldn’t read, asked Stewart several times about what he was signing.

Stewart reiterated the document was paperwork for a loan. Instead, it was the deed to the victim’s property, which he was signing over to Stewart.

“This man is a scam artist who preys on the most vulnerable members of our community,” Deputy District Attorney Anne Kelly said in the release. “The victim in this case is a proud and compassionate man who would do anything for his family. Mr. Stewart took full advantage of this man’s heart and his trust.”

Stewart was sentenced Friday to seven years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

 

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