A Texas woman was arrested and charged with theft from a human corpse after she was caught on camera pulling a ring from the body of a dead grandmother at an Odessa funeral home. Kalynn Homfeld thought she would getting away from stealing from the recently deceased 88-year-old Lois Hicks but thankfully, police were able to bring her to justice.
- Who does such a terrible thing? Homfeld Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home claiming that she just wanted to use the restroom, but surveillance footage at the establishment clearly showed the 41-year-old walking into the room where Hicks’ body was resting in its casket and stealing the ring from her finger before making a swift exit.
- Homfeld tore skin off the victim’s finger. This according to Hicks’ daughter Vel, who told CBS 7 that she was horrified to notice her mother’s wedding ring gone from her finger. Considering the family was still deep in grief and saying goodbye to their beloved relative, the theft came as an extra terrible shock. “I can’t believe someone would be that low,” Vel told the Odessa American. “It makes me sick to my stomach.”
- Incidentally, the ring was only worth $10. While Homfeld likely thought she was going to make a lot of money reselling a diamond ring, the Associated Press reported that in reality, the ring was only worth about $10. If that’s not a bit of poetic justice, I don’t know what is!
- She was given eight years in prison for her crime. According to The Dallas Morning News, Homfeld was sentenced to eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to the charge against her. That’s just slightly less than the maximum sentence of 10 years she could have received. Hope that ring was worth it!
- The prison sentence started in 2016, so it won’t be long before she’s released. At this point, Homfeld is halfway through her prison sentence. Hopefully she’s used this opportunity behind bars to reevaluate her life and get her act together (though it seems unlikely that someone capable of stealing a ring from a dead body would have any sense of perspective).