Widower who stole from a fund for his dying wife faces new charges

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ROCHESTER — A former Fort Drum soldier who stole about $45,000 from a fund for his dying wife is facing more legal trouble.

The Rochester Police Department last month charged Brandon C. Hinman with criminal possession of stolen property and subsequently with a parole violation.

No other information was available about the arrest. He remains in the Monroe County Jail without bail because of the parole violation.

In 2015, he was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation as a result of his admission in April that he stole $45,300 from accounts meant for the cancer treatment of his late wife, Jenna, and the raising of their twin daughters.

He admitted forging checks from the account to buy, among other things, prescription drugs and vehicles. The last forged check was written two days before Mrs. Hinman’s death on May 5, 2014.

Mrs. Hinman contracted choriocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer, while carrying twin daughters, Kinleigh Anne and Azlynn Mary.

Her disease and subsequent death drew worldwide attention and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

When Hinman was sentenced in 2015, the Cayuga County judge said he would face 2½ to 7 years in prison if he violated his probation. He also was ordered to go through drug treatment.

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