A former Quad City-area woman, who faked cancer to make money off of caring friends and strangers, has lost her request to have her prison sentence thrown out.
Yet, almost 2 years after her conviction, Kristin Holzman still remains a free woman.
"The Appellate Court denied her appeal, she was asking for a new sentence. So they've denied that. So that is a huge step forward towards getting her to finally serve her sentence," said Terry Patton, Henry County States Attorney
Holzman was convicted on theft charges back in May of 2012, for pretending to have cancer to pocket at least $16,000 in donations.
She was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2012, but remains free on an appeal bond.
Patton says Holzman, formerly of Geneseo, now has 30 days to file one more appeal before all legal options are exhausted.
"I think it's an injustice that she hasn't served her sentence yet, but the law's the law," Patton said. "She can put it off, she can delay it, but she's going to serve time in prison. We are one giant step closer," he said.