ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) – A Colonie woman who recently rescinded her guilty plea of stealing nearly $100,000 in welfare and benefits showed up in court to ask for more time with her new lawyer Monday.
Angelo Lopez and her new lawyer, Holly Trexler requested a motion to have her sentencing adjourned, in order to decide whether or not to make a motion to withdraw Lopez's guilty plea.
Lopez pled guilty to stealing just under $100,000 in welfare and food stamp benefits in May.
Judge Dan Lamont agreed to push back the trial saying he wanted to review the transcript of her guilty plea as well as give Lopez the opportunity to be heard.
The new hearing is scheduled for August 5th at 1:30 p.m.
The decision to withdraw the plea was a surprise to many when she was in court for sentencing ten days ago.
A handwritten note explained Lopez's decision, some of which was read in court. That note was not made public since it is considered part of the pre-sentencing paperwork at this point, but we do note part of the note explained that Lopez did not like her attorney. Judge Dan Lamont suggested she hire a new attorney if that is the case.
We're told Lopez's intention at Monday's hearing was to take back the guilty plea she entered back in May. Lopez's new attorney, Holly Trexler, said she needs more time, requesting the adjournment.
Lopez is accused of acquiring the nearly $100,000 in assistance while living in a large home in Colonie, driving a high priced SUV and showing up to her first court hearing in a designer suit with a high priced handbag over her shoulder.