An Oklahoma man has been accused of stealing a ring off a dying woman’s finger and hawking it to a pawn shop, authorities said.
Marvin James Johnson Jr., a family acquaintance, is accused of taking the ring off Carlus Gray’s finger while he was helping care for her in her final days of an aggressive battle with cancer, police said.
Johnson faces charges for financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled adult and making a false declaration of ownership to a pawnbroker.
The ring went missing this summer and Gray accused Johnson of taking it, KFOR reported.
“I guess when I had my back turned when he was lifting her out of the bed, that’s the only opportunity to slide the ring off her finger,’” Gray’s daughter, Marquesha, said.
Her daughter said she showed up at Johnson’s home and confronted him.
He denied stealing it, but she said in his house she found the receipt for $400 from the pawn shop. She was able to confirm the ring at the pawn shop was her mother’s.
“You don't think that someone's going to come into your home and take from someone who's not able to defend themselves,” she said.
She was able to get it back just before her mother passed away.
“[My mother] told me, ‘I’m learning, daughter, on this journey that I’m on, people will take from you even when you're on your resting bed, and you must forgive them,’” Marquesha said. “’But I know that you're going to get it back, and I'm not worried about it because it's in God's hands.’”