On September 30, at 1:30 pm, Commissioner Drew Sitterud appeared in the Seventh District Court for sentencing. Sitterud pled guilty to two counts of wrongful appropriation of public monies.
Judge Thomas ordered that the defendant, Drew Sitterud, be sentenced to one year in the Emery County jail, jail time suspended upon successful completion of the terms of probation. The defendant will be on probation for a period of two years under the supervision of the Seventh District Court. The defendant will serve six days in the Emery County jail beginning forthwith. The defendant will pay a fine of $2,500 due and payable on Oct. 30 of this year. The judge ordered no restitution paid as the defendant had reimbursed Emery County. The judge determined it would make no sense to hold the defendant responsible for reimbursing the state. If Emery County ends up forwarding the money reimbursed them by Sitterud to the state, that is between Emery County and the state to resolve.
The defendant must submit to and pay for DNA testing. The defendant must complete counseling in criminal thinking errors at Mountain View counseling or another appropriate party. The defendant is ordered to write a letter of apology to the citizens of Emery County to appear in the paper. The defendant is to clarify the nature of the events and to apologize for the letter to the taxpayers he submitted which implied no wrongdoing had taken place. The defendant is to appear for a review hearing on Sept. 15, 2009 at 9 a.m.
For more details, please check the October 7 edition of the Emery County Progress.