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Wife of Naples attorney sentenced for theft, DUI charges

Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 20:29:54-04

The wife of Naples attorney Jon Scuderi with a history of trouble with the law was sentenced for multiple charges Friday, including grand theft and leading Collier County deputies on a high-speed chase in December of 2015.

Former neighbors of Stacy Scuderi say she broke into their homes and stole from them. She's also been accused of attacking one neighbor in May 2014 in the Saturnia Lakes community.

"She starts biting me, choking me, tries to get me down on the floor, and I'm wrestling with her at this point," Angela Sutherland told Fox 4 shortly after the incident. 

The nanny of Scuderi's own children called 911 in 2015, saying Scuderi was drunk and was endangering her children. She said Scuderi scratched her face while the nanny tried to keep Scuderi away from the children.

Then in December, deputies arrested Scuderi after they say she led them on a high-speed chase down Immokalee Road at over 110 mph, finally crashing inside her gated community. She had reportedly been at Wal Mart, and shoppers called 911 reporting that a drunk woman was leaving the parking lot. Scuderi has been in the Collier County jail ever since.

Friday in court, Judge Christine Greider said her attorneys' plea offer of 6 years in prison wasn't enough. They worked out a new plea deal with Assistant State Attorney Greg Kridos to add four years of strict probation, including mental health assessments and DUI classes. Scuderi's 6 years in prison will include time served.

"We believe it's going to hold her accountable and punish her, and send a message to other people who try and engage in that conduct," Kridos said. "And 5 years is a long time; she's got small children."

Greider reminded Scuderi that if she violates her probation after getting out of prison, she could face another 15 years behind bars.