A suburban emergency room worker pleaded guilty to an unthinkable crime.
Loved ones say she almost never took her rings off during her 53 years of marriage.
Tapley used part of the money to pay his cable bill, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
His attorney says he felt so guilty for pawning the rings he helped police find them.
Tapley faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced on felony theft charges later this year.
STNGWire contributed to this report