DeKalb jailer steals inmate's diamond ring

Sylvia Bingham (Credit: DeKalb jail)

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Sylvia Bingham (Credit: DeKalb jail)

While booking an inmate in June 2015, DeKalb County jailer Sylvia Bingham took a liking to the arrested woman's ring. It was "a princess-cut diamond ring," a gift from Sarah Stanford's then-fiance.

Bingham stole it.

Now she's pleaded guilty to theft and violating the oath of office.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter sentenced the fired jailer, 50, to three years probation on Friday. Hunter also ordered Bingham to pay $1,000 restitution, according to the district attorney's office.

Bingham also has to surrender her law enforcement certification.

Stanford told Channel 2 Action News after the theft she felt violated.

“You are supposed to look up to the officers. You are supposed to trust them,” she said. “If they can’t replace it, find it and give it back to me, then I would like to have the money for it.”

Stanford discovered the ring was missing when she was released from jail.

The theft victim had been arrested on a shoplifting charge.

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