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Sternat pleads guilty, sentenced to jail

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When the defense attorney called it "a sad, sad day," it was a pretty fair guess everyone in the courtroom agreed --- especially the former River Falls alderman, past chamber of commerce president and accountant who had just pleaded guilty to felony theft.

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Pierce County Judge Robert Wing, who gave Harvey Sternat authority to supervise financial affairs for an ailing elderly widow two years earlier, said the accountant let down both the court and Millicent Christiansen.

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