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Sterny gets probation in felony theft case

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Payback vs. punishment. 

That was the question Monday as Susan Sterny sat in Pierce County Circuit Court waiting her sentence.


Sterny pled guilty in May to two counts of theft greater than $10,000 and one count of fraudulent writings by an officer. The 50-year-old Ellsworth woman was charged last year with 29 felonies after being accused of stealing more than $170,000 from Ellsworth Ford over a two-year period.

Would Judge Joseph Boles hand down a sentence which would allow Sterny a chance to pay back some of the debt or would Sterny be sent away to prison, greatly reducing her chance of payback?

Boles, in his words, went with a little of both, as he sentenced Sterny to seven years’ probation, with one year jail as a condition, which began after Monday’s hearing. Another condition is making at least $15,000 in restitution payments yearly.

“I believe this sentence recognizes the seriousness of the crime and the needs of the victim,” Boles said. “It also gives the best chance at restitution.”

Boles also granted Sterny work release privileges, with the mandate of “get out and go to work.”

For more please read the August 6 print version of the Herald.