TACOMA, Wash. -

A 35-year-old Pierce County man who took money from two elderly women for landscaping work he never completed has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. One of the women lost $50,000.

The News Tribune reports that Dayton Dixon of Spanaway earlier pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of theft. He was sentenced Monday.

A Pierce County deputy prosecutor says both women lived alone at the time of the thefts.

An 88-year-old Tacoma widow wrote to the court that the $50,000 she gave the man amounted to life savings that could have been used for her assisted living expenses.

Court records show a Puyallup woman in her 70's paid Dixon $8,500 down on a $17,000 contract for work he never did. He later paid back about $1,500 but she was out the $7,000. She told the court her husband had recently died and she had to hire someone to help with her yard.