ADDICTED TO THE LIFE: Nancy Jean Siegel

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Published on November 7, 2020 by

A gambling addict’s affair with an older man ends in murder.

A federal judge sentenced Nancy Jean Siegel to 400 months in prison Thursday in the killing of an elderly Reisterstown widower and stuffing his body in a steamer trunk – the culmination of a decades-long gambling addiction that led her to con friends and family out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, even spending the dead man’s Social Security checks for years after his death.

Siegel, 61, held fast to her declaration of innocence. Addressing the court for the first time, her 5-foot frame drowning in a yellow prison jumpsuit, she apologized for the pain she had caused but denied killing anyone. She’d sooner kill herself than someone else, she said, sobbing.

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