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Woman learns sentence

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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Sonya Stroud
One of the largest felony forgery cases officials believe has happened in Clay County in recent years, has ended.

On Thursday morning, Special Judge (Putnam County Superior Court Judge) Charles Bridges accepted a plea agreement in the case against Sonya M. Stroud, 42, Brazil, in Clay Superior Court.

Stroud was originally charged with a total of seven class C felony charges of forgery and five class D felony theft charges stemming from an investigation by the Brazil City Police Department into approximately $280,000 in missing funds at Brazil Trucking, Inc.

According to the 2009 case file, Stroud allegedly exerted "unauthorized control" over more than 100 company checks during a 10-year period without the permission or knowledge of her employer. The checks are normally used to repay expenses incurred by over-the-road truckers.

Although Defense Attorney Roscoe Stovall and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger negotiated terms of the plea agreement, the attorneys left the sentencing portion open for the judge to determine.

As part of the proceedings, the victim was allowed the opportunity to make an impact statement to the court about how the loss of so much money financially affected a local business and its employees and ultimately and ironically led to Stroud's own loss of employment before the accounting nightmare was discovered during a restructuring attempt to save the business.

After presenting arguments regarding the aggravating and mitigating circumstances in the case, Bridges ruled that due to the severity of the crime and the pattern of behavior the sentences would be ordered to run consecutive in the case.

Convicted on one count of class C felony Forgery, Stroud was sentenced to six years, with two years suspended and good time credit allowed for the remaining four. Stroud has been incarcerated for approximately 552 days. Upon her release, Stroud will be placed on formal probation for two years.

Stroud was also convicted on four class D felony Theft charges. Bridges sentenced her to three years for each consecutive conviction before fully suspending them and placing her on formal probation for an additional 12 years.

Reberger explained to The Brazil Times that if Stroud should violate the terms of her probation at any time she could be returned to incarceration to serve any or all of the 14 years of probation.

As part of the usual terms of formal probation, Bridges ordered Stroud to seek counseling, have no contact with the victims, maintain gainful employment, sell off personal items and make at least minimum monthly restitution payments of $500 to the victim.

The court excused Stovall as the defense attorney of record and Stroud was returned to the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department for final processing and execution of the remainder of her sentence.


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"Although Defense Attorney Roscoe Stovall and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger negotiated terms of the plea agreement, the attorneys left the sentencing portion open for the judge to determine."

That was nice of them, especially when the judge is in control anyway.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 10:48 PM

$500 monthy restitution? Hmmmmm....seems like a slap on the wrist considering she took more then $500 monthly. Maintain gainful employment??? Who in the world is going to want to hire her????

-- Posted by clgruener on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 8:38 AM

What a crock, this woman should be an INDENTURED SERVANT for the remainder of her life to each and every person she selfishly and maliciously stole from. I think this is just a crap sentence and a crap response to a cruel and vicious woman who's selfishness and narcissistic behavior knew no boundaries. I say she should work off for free each and every dime she stole not just from the company but each and every employee and employee family member for years to come.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 10:45 AM

Sonya is serving her time. She has a young daughter who needs her very much. This also has afected her whole family. Sonya is recieving counceling for her actions. She also has found God. Everyone makes mistakes. She will work and pay those people back. Give the poor girl a break.

-- Posted by JKSTROU on Sun, Jul 11, 2010, at 7:49 AM

She found GOD; was he hiding under all the stolen money she spent??? or maybe under the jail cot she had been sleeping on!! and she should had been thinking of her child and her family when she was steeling all that money!!! wow $500 a month that will take 47 YEARS to pay back, maybe she can ask GOD to make sure she lives till she is 90 YEARS OLD so she can pay her debt!!! I HATE WE PEOPLE USE THE LORDS NAME AS A WAY TO GET OUT OF DOING TIME OR TRYING TO MAKE US FEEL SORRY FORM THEM!!! WELL 14YRS IN JAIL WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER PLENY OF TIME TO PRAY! GOD BLESS!!!!!!!

-- Posted by FIREMEDIC on Sun, Jul 11, 2010, at 11:09 AM

karenmeister, good post. And in English with punctuation. A few others should take note.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Jul 11, 2010, at 10:25 PM

Whats so wrong with work re-lease? She could have stayed in jail (my opinion, where she belongs) & paid her debt plus paid the CCSD for housing her?!? Seems like the best idea to me... Just a thought!

In another post there was something mentioned of Sonya's kids, I'm sure this has been extremley hard on your entire family. Sonya knew the what the end result would be of the path she choose but she took it anyway, I'm sorry, but not even being a mother should be a get out of jail card!!

-- Posted by nascarfans on Mon, Jul 12, 2010, at 1:19 AM


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