The former comptroller of the Alsey-Glasgow Water Commission was found guilty of theft of government property will serve time in jail.
Rodney Sturgeon was sentenced to four weekends in jail this morning in Scott County Court and ordered to pay $9,903.41 in restitution. The sentence was handed down by Seventh Circuit Judge John Schmidt.
Sturgeon was found guilty of the charge last December. He was arrested in February 2012 after being accused of racking up more than $67-hundred on a water commission debit card.
Scott County state’s attorney Michael Hill argued for jail time because the case was a violation of public trust.
”This isn’t somebody who went into a local gas station and took a candy bar,” says Hill.
“This is somebody that’s employed by a water commission, providing one of the basic necessities of life, and took the money for no reason but to line his own pocket to pay for whatever he chose to spend it on.”
All in all, Hill feels the judge handed down a fair outcome.
“The restitution figure is a little lower than what I was hoping,” says Hill.
“I’m glad justice was served and I regret that we couldn’t get full compensation for the water commission but the facts just weren’t there.”
Sturgeon is represented by attorney Elliot Turpin, who was pleased with the overall outcome of the sentence.
“Well obviously a term of probation is what we were hoping for,” says Turpin.
“We weren’t hoping for the jail time but it could have been up to six months in the local jail so it could have been a lot worse. I was happy to see the judge take some of the charges off of the restitution amount.”
Turpin explains the next steps going forward in the case.
“I have spoken with Mr. Sturgeon and we are planning on appealing the case as he indicated in open court,” says Turpin.
“We do still have 30 days to file a motion to reconsider the sentence and that is probably what we will end up doing.”
Sturgeon was also ordered to serve 30 months of probation.
It’s Sturgeon’s first felony conviction, but it’s not the first time he’s been in trouble with the law. A plea deal was reached in October 2010 in connection to 24 counts of official misconduct. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful reception of compensation by a water commissioner.