December 20, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) The former nanny of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for setting fire to her rental residence and then filing fraudulent insurance claims for the contents.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea Forsythe unsuccessfully sought a term running concurrently to one she'll receive next month in thefts from the Penguins player. She was also ordered to pay more than $179,000 restitution.

In the other case, Allegheny County authorities said Forsythe stole $12,000 diamond earrings from the player's home in 2013 and sold them to jewelry stores. The earrings were a birthday present for Kunitz's wife, Maureen.

Forsythe is also awaiting sentencing in thefts from another couple for whom she worked.

Forsythe's public defender blamed the crimes on an allegedly abusive childhood.

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This story has been corrected to say earrings were sold to jewelry stores rather than jury stores.

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