Landscaper who bilked elderly Tacoma woman sentenced to 3+ years

Staff writerMarch 10, 2014 

A Spanaway landscaper who took money from two elderly women, including $50,000 from a Tacoma resident, for work he never completed was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison.

Dayton Dixon, 35, pleaded guilty earlier this year to eight felony counts of theft.

Pierce County deputy prosecutor Erika Nohavec wrote in charging papers that Dixon displayed "a disturbing pattern of targeting elderly citizens." Both women lived alone at the time of the thefts, and the Tacoma victim suffers from dementia, Nohavec said.

The Tacoma woman, 88 and a widow, wrote in a letter to the court that the money she gave Dixon in 2011 and 2012 amounted to her life savings.

"This savings account would have been used to provide for my assisted living expenses," the woman said. "Furthermore, I no longer feel comfortable enough to even trust myself to answer the front door or the telephone."

A Puyallup woman in her 70s also fell prey to Dixon, paying him $8,500 down on a $17,000 contract for work he never did, court records show. He later paid back about $1,500, but she was out $7,000, the records state.

"I need my yard to be low maintenance in order to be able to stay in my house," the woman wrote in a letter to the court. "My husband had passed away a few months before. I had to hire someone else to do the work needed. I have a hard time with trust now."

Dixon wrote in his plea paperwork that he was sorry.

"I am pleading because I am guilty and want to take responsibility," he said.

Dixon faced a standard range of two years, nine months and three years, seven months in prison.

Superior Court Judge Jack Nevin sentenced him to three years, four months.




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