Judge sentences former Webber Township School District worker to - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Judge sentences former Webber Township School District worker to 15 years in prison

Posted: Updated:

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Jefferson County Judge Jerry Crisel sentenced Sabrina Wheatley to 15 years in prison. 

In July, a Jefferson County jury found Sabrina Wheatley guilty on all counts of embezzling more than $300,000 from Webber Township School District in Bluford where she used to work.

Wheatley faces charges of Class X felony theft of government property in excess of $100,000, Class 3 felony official misconduct and two Class 4 felony counts of filing fraudulent tax returns.

The Class X charge has a mandatory sentencing of between 6 and 30 years in prison. Alexis Overstreet, one of the the prosecutors, asked for a 15-year prison sentence, and the judge granted the sentence.

"If prosecutors asked for a 30 year prison sentence, I would have granted it," Judge Crisel adds.

Paige Strawn, Wheatley's defense lawyer said she's surprised at the judge's sentencing and she isn't giving up on this case 

"We're already filing a motion to reconsider and we scheduled a hearing," said Strawn. 

Information for the hearing hasn't been released. News 3 asked Wheatley for a comment regrading the judgment, she declined to respond. 

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.