Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Former Jasper R-5 Board secretary sentenced to two years, six months in prison
U. S. District Court Judge Douglas Harpool ordered Justice (formerly Jessee) to surrender herself by September 11 to begin a 30-month sentence for embezzling and fraud in connection with the theft of at least $145,716.81 from the Jasper R-5 School District.
The sentence came during a one hour, 15 minute this morning at the federal court building in Springfield and included Justice's allocution to her crimes and impact statements from R-5 Superintendent/High School Principal Christina Hess, former Superintendent Kathy Fall, Elementary Principal David Davis and third grade teacher Tami Maneval,
In addition to the 30-month sentence, Justice will be on supervised probation for three years after her release and will have to repay the amount she stole.
The judge ruled that Justice will serve her sentence at a facility near her family and will undergo mental health treatment.
The sentence was nearly everything the government asked for during a July 18 sentencing memorandum. The U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri recommended 30 months, but asked for Justice to pay $165,344.85 to cover interest.
Jasper R-5 officials might as well have just opened the drawer and handed Karla Jessee the money
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