By Quinton Bagley
Little River News
After pleading guilty in April, two Little River County residents were sentenced on Tuesday, May 21, by Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan during court proceedings at the Little River County Courthouse.
Kiley Huddleston, 34, of Ashdown received the stiffest penalty of the two handed down by Yeargan. Huddleston was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with three of those years suspended. She is also required to pay a fine of $15,000 along with court costs and a DNA fee.
In April, Huddleston pled guilty to a theft of property charge for making more than $25,000 in fraudulent purchases with a debit card issued to the Ashdown Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
Fonda Hawthorne, 62, of Ashdown, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,000 fine plus court costs and DNA fee. She must also serve 120 days in a community corrections facility.
In April, Hawthorne pled guilty to a theft of property charge for making several thousand dollars in unauthorized purchases on the Little River Chamber of Commerce debit card.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Alwin A. Smith stated the difference in the two sentences was the severity of the crime. According to records filed in the Little River County Circuit Clerk’s office, Huddleston was accused of stealing considerably more money than Hawthorne.
“I think another reason is that the court took into consideration that Fonda immediately admitted her guilt,” Smith said. “She also paid back all the money that she took. Kiley didn’t do that.”