KEYSER, W.Va. – A Keyser woman admitted to stealing jewelry from a dead body.

Tonya Poland, 41, pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny in Mineral County Circuit Court. She faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Poland was a nurse at Potomac Valley Hospital when the crime occurred. Prosecutors say on November 17, 2012 at the hospital patient Harold Myers was pronounced dead after being transported from Moran Manor Nursing Home. When he was brought to the hospital he had three rings on his fingers. When he arrived at the funeral home there was only one ring.

Poland soon became a suspect and eventually confessed to Mineral County Deputy Kevin McKone. She told McKone she took the rings and then returned them to the deputy.  The rings were valued at $1,400.

Poland is awaiting sentencing.

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  • TLD-P

    To respond to all comments on this situation I found myself in. It was one incident only in 19 years with an excellent record as an RN, I am highly educated, rational, and a wonderful mother who is raising my children to do anything except what I did. I am humiliated and deeply apologetic for what happened. There are many extenuating circumstances that do not excuse by any means, but may help you understand the financial position I was in personally. This was a rash and panicked decision for several reasons. I love being a nurse, I have a passion for it and any person who has worked with me or been cared for by me over the last 19 yrs also know this. It's easy to read a generic article by Liz Beavers placed on the front page in the Keyser paper and continued to page 2 twice and also announced on the radio 8 mornings in a row as breaking news by Amanda Mangan who also set up this lovely facebook page for uninformed general public to hide behind their keyboards and trash me. I am also a mother, and a devoted, caring one at that, I have never stolen drugs, my babies are raised as priority number 1 with morals and values as I was. This was a regretful event that will never happen again and I am so sorry it happened once. Please public, get your facts and the other side of the story before running off the keyboard with ridiculous comments and made up situations. Potomac Valley Hospital is an up and coming facility with top notch staff. It always amazes me that people who sit behind a keyboard are so critical of a facility and I always wanted to ask, where did you go to college, what degree do you hold, and how long have you worked before stones are cast. And to Amanda Mangan and Liz Beavers, a huge shame on you for repeating this story so many times as to further sales and humiliate my children when other stories more newsworthy of having extended repeats in paper and on the radio and also a facebook page for public opinions made.(also set up by Amanda Mangan). I can name many other incidents that were barely mentioned in your little radio time and paper which generally have many mistakes in most announcements and articles. I have taken responsibility, am desparately trying to make things right. My family and children do not need to have comments made to them due to repeated articles and radio/facebook sites, they have been embarrassed enough with kids saying things and adults repeating untruths. I do however want to thank those who stood by me, encouraged me, prayed,and gave me strength when I felt weak and vulerable

  • IRON HORSE

    I FIND THIS VERY LOW TO STEAL FROM A DECEASED PERSON!!! A NURSE WHAT OTHER CRIMES HAS SHE COMMITED & NOT BEEN CAUGHT I'M SURE THIS WAS NOT HER FIRST!!! MINERAL COUNTY HOSPITAL IS A JOKE MY AUNT WAS THERE WHAT A POOR EXCUESS FOR A HOSPITAL!!! I WOULDN'T SEND A DEAD TURTLE THERE!!! & AS ALICE STATED I HOPE THIS WOMAN HAS NO CONTACT WITH CHILDREN!!! I KNEW A WOMEN ONCE WHO TRAINED HER CHILDREN TO STEAL SO SAD!!! MINERAL COUNTY SEEMS TO HAVE A LOT OF CRIMNALS ROAMING AROUND!!!! THE JAIL WEB SITE HAS A LONG LIST OF THEM!!!

  • GregG

    If she was so low to steal from a dead man, then I wonder how many pills and other drugs she has stolen. Scum of the earth, in my opinion.

  • BigDave

    Someone of this character likely has a very long history of dishonesty.

    She just got caught this time.

  • Alice McKenzie

    She should be ashamed of stealing from a dead man. That's what I call desperation. I hope she is not raising any children because she is definitely not setting a good example

  • AX MAN

    This world has a lot of nice people, but she not one of them.

  • Tom

    Nice!