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Former bookkeeper sentenced on theft charge

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- A former bookkeeper for the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and repay $19,313 after pleading guilty to a theft charge.

Mary ''Beth'' Kiech was indicted last year on 20 counts of second-degree theft, which occurred between 1996 and 1998. Those charges were consolidated into one count, to which Kiech pleaded guilty.

Superior Court Judge Harold M. Brown ordered that Kiech be placed on probation under the condition that she serve 60 days in jail. Kiech also was ordered to pay restitution.

Pete Mysing, Kiech's attorney, said the sentencing was a compromise worked out between the state and defense lawyers.

''(Judge Brown) went into great detail in his sentencing remarks explaining why this was an appropriate sentence,'' Mysing said.

The court order said it appeared ''to the satisfaction of this court that the ends of justice and the best interests of the public, as well as the defendant'' were served.

Mysing said Kiech had paid 100 percent of the restitution and started serving the 60-day imprisonment immediately.



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