Justice made more money than any teacher or principal in the school district.
According to a document filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Justice raked in $91,000 that year...more than the district superintendent's salary.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Patrick Carney included those details in a response to Justice's motion to have her 30-month sentenced reduced or thrown out because of the alleged incompetence of her lawyer.
Carney said Justice should not be allowed to have a hearing and noted that the judge could have sentenced her to 35 years in prison.
The district lost $145,726.81 because of Justice's theft, according to the filing.
As a result of Justice’s theft, the school was forced to freeze employee salaries, go to a four-day school week, cancel their preschool and summer school programs, and pay $19,618.04 for the BKD forensic analysis report
The memorandum not only included legal arguments, but numerous letters of support for Justice and her own letter (pictured) taking responsibility for what she did.
In her motion, which she filed acting as her own attorney, Justice claims her lawyer, Elizabeth Turner, did a good job with the memorandum, but performed poorly during the sentencing hearing.
Justice is serving her sentence in a minimum security prison in Galesburg, Illinois, 43 miles east of St. Louis.