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Kelly Horne must repay $1000; sentencing in November

Kelly Horne appeared in Johnson County Criminal Court on Monday, September 24, 2012 and pleaded guilty to eight charges that included theft, forgery and official misconduct. A former Johnson County employee, Horne was charged with stealing over $40,000 from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer Station. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested her on March 28, 2012.
In addition to the charge of theft over $40,000, Horne was initially charged with four counts of forgery, four counts of hindering a creditor and one count of official misconduct. According to Assistant District Attorney, Matthew Roark, two of the initial charges were dropped. Both one count of forgery and one count of hindering a secured creditor were dismissed. “I was pleased with the outcome,” said Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter.
Johnson County’s insurance company had previously reimbursed the county for the stolen monies, minus the $1,000 deductible. Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ordered Horne to pay $1,000 in restitution to the county. It is possible that the insurance company could sue Horne in Civil Court to recoup the monies they have paid to Johnson County.
Horne is asking for the judge to grant judicial diversion, a program for first-time offenders where no jail time is served and after the end of a successful probationary period, all records related to the charges will be expunged. According to Roark, the state is opposed to this action.
Horne is due to appear again in Johnson County Criminal Court on November 9, 2012 for sentencing. She could face a possible prison time of three to six years.