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Mary Ann was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 25th. Mary Ann was raised by her grandmother Charlotte in Slidell, Louisiana. Mary dreamed of traveling the world and becoming a model. In her lifetime, she fulfilled those dreams and many more.

Mary Ann loved the Lord and her time in church. While living in Virginia, Mary Ann visited Mount Zion Baptist Church in Round Hill, Virginia and Saint Pauls in Richmond, Virgina. She enjoyed, cooking, dancing, drawing and going for ice cream with her son-in-law Ian. Mary’s greatest joy was found in her children and grandchildren.

Mary Ann was successful in her career as a sales consultant and personal stylist with Saks Fifth Avenue.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, William and Leola; grandparents, Charlotte and Rabb, and her great Aunt Audrey.

Mary Ann was survived by her children, Stephen Jones, Christopher Jones, Angela Jones-Holley and Anthony Richard Hogsett, II; her grandchildren, Anthony Richard Hogsett, III, Courtney Marie Hogsett, Garrett Charleston Hogsett and Logan Miller Hogsett; her great granddaughter Arielle Na’Vae Hill; her son-in-law Ian Holley; her daughter–in-law BJ Hogsett; her three sisters Diana Bagley, Frances “Fran” Edmunds and Sylvia Jean Thomas; her brother William Thomas Jr.; her brothers-in-law Alan Edmunds and Earnest White and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her beautiful smile and kind heart will be missed.

Acknowledgement
The family acknowledges with sincere appreciation all the courtesies and acts of kindness extended during Mary’s illness and at this time of bereavement.

Love and Appreciation to Extended Family
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Jones and Family
Tony Hogsett
Mr. L. Fesler
Atmore Family
Arrington Family
Sloan Family
Holley Family
Wallace Family
McKissic Family
Zekrya Family
Gladden Family

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Baker Post Funeral Home

Bipartisan deal will raise felony theft threshold

RICHMOND – Virginia is one of two states where people convicted of stealing items valued at $200 become felons. But a bipartisan deal to raise the threshold and improve restitution will help some people recover from an otherwise life-altering mistake, a delegate says.

The agreement announced Thursday by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would increase Virginia’s felony theft threshold – the lowest in the nation – to $500 and improve assurances that victims would receive restitution.

In a compromise Northam called a “breakthrough for common-sense criminal justice reform,” members of both parties in the General Assembly will get legislation their counterparts previously blocked.

Republicans agreed to advance bills to raise the bar for what is considered grand larceny theft. In exchange, Democrats agreed to bills that would stiffen laws to give crime victims their court-ordered restitution.

Under current Virginia law, a person who steals an item valued more than $200 can be charged with felony grand larceny. That threshold is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the nation, according to a 2015 report by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The new threshold would be $500; anything less would be a misdemeanor under HB 1550 and SB 105, introduced by Del. Leslie Adams, R-Pittsylvania, and Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, respectively.

“At $200, Virginia’s current felony larceny threshold is the most severe in the nation,” said Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk. “By raising it, we are sending a clear message that theft is a serious crime, but stealing one phone or pair of boots should not ruin a person’s life.”

Republicans would not have agreed to a deal on raising the threshold without changes to restitution laws, said Parker Slaybaugh, a spokesman for Cox. HB 483 would require the state locate victims of crimes and pay them restitution. HB 484 would require defendants to pay restitution before getting off probation or court supervision. Both were introduced by Del. Robert Bell, R- Albemarle.

The Virginia ACLU, which supports raising the grand larceny threshold, is reluctant to support the agreement. Spokesperson Bill Farrar said a $500 bar – which would be the first change to the law since 1980 – would still be too low compared to inflation. Additionally, Farrar said, Bell’s legislation could put poor people in a position of being on probation for the rest of their lives if they can’t pay restitution.

Crime victims in Virginia’s state courts are owed more than $400 million in outstanding restitution, according to a 2016 Crime Commission report.

“This is money that crime victims need to pay their bills and rebuild their lives,” Bell said. “They have to come to court, testify under oath, and many have to describe the most frightening moment of their life to strangers, only to be cross-examined and scrutinized in the media. The least we can do is ensure that they receive the restitution that the justice system promises to them.”

 

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