Former Co. Attorney Sentenced to ProbationWritten by Beatriz Reyna
Former Keith County Attorney John Blake Edwards is sentenced today... for stealing money from Keith County, while in office between 2007 and 2009.
Judge James Doyle sentenced Edwards to 36 months, probation for stealing more than $18,000.
Edwards said he used the money to buy office equipment for a diversion program and to donate to local non-profits.
Prior to his sentencing, Edwards was ordered to a Level of Service/Case Management Inventory Test.
Dawson County Probation Officer Lisa Snider said the test revealed Edwards has an anti-social personality and lacks financial stability.
Edward's attorney, Charles Stolz, didn't agree with the findings.
Officer Snider even recommended Edwards get a psychological evaluation.
The judge ordered to Edwards to pay over $3000 in restitution ($3,681) and take a psychological and personality test.
Edwards must enroll in a treatment program, perform 1,200 hours of community service, plus remain in home confinement for nine months with electronic monitoring if probation officials deem necessary.
Edwards is now county attorney for Dundy County.