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Pittsburgh woman gets up to 5 years for selling stolen SUV in Fayette

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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:36 p.m.
 

A Pittsburgh woman accused of concocting a fake diaper photo shoot to lure a mother and her baby to Uniontown in an alleged kidnapping plot will spend up to five years in prison for a related case involving a stolen SUV.

Yvonne Ican Bradley, 48, of Hazelwood apologized before she was sentenced Thursday by Judge Joseph George Jr. in Fayette County.

“I think a lot of my conviction was based on circumstantial evidence,” Bradley said. “That does not negate that I am apologizing to the people it caused harm to.”

Bradley asked for mercy, but George sentenced her to 21 months to five years for theft, receiving stolen property and forgery. A jury convicted her earlier this month.

On July 5, 2012 — the day before the alleged kidnapping of the 3-month-old child — Bradley sold a stolen GMC Yukon to a couple who answered a Craigslist ad, according to Uniontown police Officer John Kauer.

In sentencing her, George referred to Bradley's history of convictions for similar offenses, dating to 1998.

Bradley reminded George she has been in the Fayette County Prison for 19 months, where she described conditions unlike any she has experienced in other lockups.

“In Fayette County, the prison is not a nice place to be,” Bradley said. “One day in Fayette County is like 10 days anywhere else.”

Two county commissioners voted to build a new prison earlier this year, citing overcrowding and other problems at the aging jail in Uniontown.

Bradley told George she wanted to stay out of prison so she could promote her self-published book, “Caged Rose.” She said she wants to divert any profits from sales of the 64-page book to restitution in her case but claimed she can't promote the book from behind bars.

George ordered Bradley to pay $10,664 in restitution to the couple that purchased the stolen SUV. Toward that result, the judge ordered the victims be given $5,237 that was found in Bradley's possession when she was arrested.

The couple who bought the SUV discovered the vehicle was stolen from Pittsburgh when the state refused to register the vehicle because Bradley gave them a fictitious title, according to police.

During her trial, Bradley took the stand to deny any knowledge of the transaction.

Bradley still is to be tried in the kidnapping case.

State police said Bradley approached a mother on a Pittsburgh street and led her and the baby to Uniontown with the promise the infant would appear in a photo shoot for a diaper manufacturer.

The three stayed overnight in a Uniontown hotel. The next morning, July 6, 2012, the mother went to a drugstore. When she returned to the hotel, Bradley and the baby were gone. Police found Bradley and the boy not far from the motel. He was returned to his mother unharmed.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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