Former Vic's employee ordered to pay restitution during delay of sentence
REED CITY — Three former employees charged with stealing from a Reed City grocery store will have to pay restitution while waiting for their final sentences.
On Friday, Cheryl Wolverton, 37, of Hersey, was in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing. Wolverton was placed on a one-year delay of sentence, which is a probationary period that if successfully completed allows a defendant to potentially receive a dismissal of their case or reduction of the charge.
Wolverton, Shelley Stinson and Corina Johnson were arrested in August and charged with two counts each of larceny in a building, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
The trio was accused of stealing money, cigarettes and lottery tickets from Vic's Supermarket, pocketing thousands of dollars. As part of a plea agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor's Office, Wolverton pleaded no contest to one count of larceny in a building. In exchange for her plea, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the additional charge of larceny in a building. She also must complete 150 hours of community service.
During Wolverton's delay, which will be reviewed on Feb. 13, 2019, she must pay restitution. According to the terms of her delay, if she pays $5,000, the prosecutor will agree to reduce her charge to a misdemeanor and recommend 30 days in jail. If she pays $10,000 of restitution, the prosecutor will agree to reduce her charge to a misdemeanor and will recommend no jail time.
Wolverton's co-defendants also have entered pleas in their cases and were each placed on a one-year delay of sentence.
Johnson, 45, of Chase, and Stinson, 39, of Reed City, both pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in a building. In exchange, each had their second larceny in a building charge dismissed by the prosecutor. They both must complete 150 hours of community service.
If Johnson pays $2,500 in restitution, the prosecutor will recommend 30 days in jail. If she pays $5,000 in restitution, the prosecutor will recommend no jail time. If Johnson is successful on her delay, her charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor, according to court records. Stinson also received the same deal as Johnson as part of her delay, according to Osceola County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac.
The women are ordered to pay restitution to the owners of Vic's Supermarket, which closed its doors earlier this month.
In all three cases, a final judgment has not yet been entered by the court and does not yet appear on the women's criminal records as a conviction.