Former Jackson Lawyer Sentenced

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Richard McQuillan is the man that World War II vet and former grounds keeper, Robert Howard envisioned taking care of his family when he passed, but now that he's gone, Circuit Court Judge John McBain says the former attorney did the exact opposite--

"Actions by an attorney like you, I mean frankly it damages the reputation of every attorney in the country," Judge McBain says to McQuillan.

McQuillan admits to taking funds out of Howard's estate on three separate occasions and sending it to disadvantaged families in the Dominican Republic.

The money totals close to 810 thousand dollars and McQuillan's lawyer says it's there because of his client.

"The estate wouldn't have been the size it was without Richard's handling of it. It started as 100 thousand. It's his investments that got it as big as it was," Attorney Alfred Brandt explains.

But at the end of the day, Judge McBain didn't buy it, so after McQuillan gets out of prison, he'll spend the rest of his life paying Robert Howard's family back.

A family who needs the cash in a bad way.

"His sister has Alzheimer's disease and it costs about 5 thousand dollars a month," Prosecuting Attorney, Peter Langley explains.

That's a cost she would've been able to afford had McQuillan given her the money, and other family members also got the raw end of the deal...inexcusable says Langley.

"It didn't sound to me like he was remorseful for taking the money, it sounded to me like he kind of thought he earned that money," Langley says.

Not so says the court-- meaning there's a big IOU and prison cell both with McQuillan's name on them. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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