A woman with a lengthy history of substance abuse was sentenced to a year in prison last month for entering an elderly man’s home and taking his prescription painkillers.
This is the third felony conviction for Elena Labadie, 40.
On July 22, 2013, Labadie entered a man’s home at 1 a.m. while he was sleeping. The man told police Labadie refused to leave until he gave her $10 and she got some of his pain pills.
Police found Labadie nearby at the One Stop convenience store and she admitted being in the man’s home, but initially denied taking his medicine. She later admitted to taking the pills, but said he had given them to her.
Labadie was on probation at the time.
On Jan. 13, Labadie reported to probation and “was obviously under the influence of some form of substance,” according to court documents. She tested positive for alcohol and opiates.
On Jan. 23, she tested positive again for opiates and alcohol.
Her probation was revoked Feb. 4 and she was put in jail. She was released Feb. 20 to attend a treatment program, but within three days of completing the program, she tested positive for alcohol. On April 4, she tested positive for meth and alcohol and her probation was revoked a second time. She has been in jail ever since.
Probation wrote that while Labadie has been given numerous opportunities to improve, she has been a poor candidate on probation and a prison term is appropriate.
On June 30, Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Labadie to a year in prison for criminal trespass.
Prior to sentencing, Labadie’s victim passed away and the Gila County Attorney’s Office had to dismiss theft and burglary charges due to a lack of a witness.
County prosecutor Dun Rose said they were nonetheless able to convict Labadie on criminal trespass because another witness saw Labadie enter the man’s home without the man’s permission.
Labadie told probation she has had a serious alcohol problem for the last 20 years and her criminal behavior is directly linked to her alcohol abuse, according to court documents.