Embezzler Faces 3 1/2 Years 

52-year-old Paula Caron was sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court to 9 years in prison with all but 3 1/2 years suspended and3 years’ probation at a hearing in which her parents, children and friends asked for mercy for her.

Caron pleaded guilty in May to stealing money from Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2007, from Winslow Aluminum Inc., a company founded by her father and uncle in 1974.

Caron was bookkeeper for the firm, which manufactures vinyl replacement windows and distributes siding and home improvement products.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Kelley said Caron at one point returned $63,000 to keep the firm afloat and to continue covering her theft. Some $136,000 was later repaid by her father.

Justice Nancy Mills ordered Caron to pay restitution of more than $770,000.