U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced the former Tuscaloosa County Probate Court Conservator, Zondra T. Hutto, to three months in prison yesterday for failing to report a felony she knew had been committed. Hutto, 61, of Tuscaloosa was ordered to pay $19, 358 in restitution to the estate of a 79-year-old dementia patient under her care. Hutto, who is a lawyer, pleaded guilty June 30 and will report to prison Jan. 2, 2012.
A conservator is an officer of the court responsible for the welfare and property of individuals deemed incompetent by the county. The Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County granted Hutto permanent guardianship and conservatorship for the elderly woman in December 2007.