5/14/2013 12:16:00 PM No jail time for Middletons
for theft from Hayfield Ambulance
By Tara Lindquist
Former Hayfield Ambulance Director and Treasurer will receive no additional jail time for stealing more than $11,000 from the Hayfield Ambulance.
Ann and James Middleton appeared in court on Wednesday, May 8 for their sentencing hearing. Judge Joseph Wieners agreed with the terms of the plea agreement and ordered the couple to two years probation, fifty hours each of community work service and to pay restitution to the Hayfield Ambulance service. The couple has already paid their restitution. Judge Wieners stayed a one-year jail sentence.
During the hearing, Ambulance Director Justin Hollar read a victim impact statement on behalf of the ambulance service. "The situation Jim and Anne put us in was detrimental to the community in their ongoing donations to our service," Hollar read. "Community members were quoted as saying 'Why should I donate to your service, if you can't even keep track of your finances? This was the single most detrimental part of the situation that Jim and Anne created." He went on to say the crime caused an entire community of people who rely on vital 911 service to question the integrity of that service. "That should never occur, ever. Trust is all we have."
During the sentencing, attorneys for both the Middletons expressed their client's remorse and sorrow for what they have done. The couple expressed economic hardship as a cause for their actions. Judge Wieners told the couple they needed to learn the difference between necessities and luxuries, citing the gas grill and electronics that were bought with the stolen funds which he said were not necessities.
The couple is also ordered to take classes on budgeting and finances as well as cognitive skills classes. They will remain under the supervision of court services for two years. If they do not follow the rules of their probation agent and the terms of their plea agreement, they could each face a year in jail.