Jersey County Circuit Judge Eric Pistorius sentenced Nancy Stice to four years probation for a conviction on two counts of theft. The sentence includes 12 months of home confinement.
Stice was given a concurrent sentence of two-and-a-half years probation for the conviction of official misconduct.
Court documents indicate Stice must pay $60,000 in restitution to the city of Roodhouse for the theft.
Stice must also pay an additional $26,975 in restitution to the city for compensation she received while on paid administrative leave during the criminal investigation.
Former Greene County state’s attorney Matt Goetten, who works for the state’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, was appointed to finish the case for former Roodhouse Clerk Nancy Stice. He talked about the sentence that was given.
“$60,000 in restitution is what I believed that we could present in a restitution hearing that could be directly attributable to her, and that was a conservative estimate on my part. That was an amount that the defense did not object to,” says Goetten.
“I don’t believe she has an ability to pay that immediately, obviously, or in the near future, but we thought that was a fair figure to present to the court.”
Judge Pistorius ordered one-half of Stice’s IMRF contribution refund be paid immediately as compensation. Gotten says that comes out to about $19,000. The remainder will be paid at $50 per month beginning February 1st. She must also serve two weeks of community service per year during her probation.
Roodhouse Mayor Joe Snyder says he’s happy with the sentencing.
“We didn’t need Nancy Stice to go prison. Our community’s in the position where it’s time to start the healing process, and that’s going to be hard to do with a prison sentence,” says Snyder. “And I think everybody understood that.”
A jury found Stice guilty of government property in excess of $500 but not in excess of $10,000; and theft of government property in excess of $10-thousand but not in excess of $100,000; and official misconduct in October.
The thefts occurred between 2007 and 2010.