KNOX — The message sent out in Starke County Circuit Court today was clear: Do the crime, you do the time.
Starke County Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced Jennie Carter to six months in the Indiana Department of Corrections, six months of house arrest, six months probation, and a $2500 fine.
Carter, who served in an administrative capacity for Starke County Tourism, was found guilty of theft, a Class D felony, in Starke County Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 25. The charge stemmed from a $7,748.60 check Carter wrote in 2011 on the Starke County Tourism account and used the funds for personal expenses.
Carter also served as the Coordinator of Drug & Tobacco Free Starke County, a position she maintained after she was charged.
In addition to her sentence and fine, Judge Hall added an additional stipulation that prohibits Carter from gaining employment that involves public funds during her probation.
"Violating the trust of the residents of Starke County is a serious offense," Hall said.
This is just one of many things Starke County Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall said to Carter during her Monday morning sentencing.
See this week's Leader for more on Carter's sentence.