NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Former Dallas Cowboy Larry Bethea received a four-year suspended prison sentence Friday for stealing his mother's $64,000 life savings.
Circuit Judge J. Warren Stephens also ordered Bethea, 30, to serve two years on probation and repay the money he pleaded guilty to stealing from an attic safe in the Newport News home he shares with his mother, Alice Bethea.
"I feel grateful to the Commonwealth that it understood some of my total background and situation, and that I'm not a person to cause problems," Bethea said after the sentencing hearing.
"I got a little confused in the big picture, and I hurt my family," Bethea said. "I didn't mean to hurt them, but a lot of things . . . you feel like you need to do, sometimes you have to do, even if you know it's going to result in negative consequences."