Judge approves sentencing for Mercer County Athletic Booster Club embezzler
ALEDO — Angie Dellitt has repaid the funds she stole from the Mercer County Athletic Booster Club and will serve a jail stint and felony probation for her crime.
Judge Richard Zimmer on Tuesday approved the sentencing order against Dellitt, 44, Aledo. She is to serve 30 months of felony probation and 20 days in Mercer County Jail; the remaining 100 days of her jail sentence was stayed pending compliance with her sentencing.
Dellitt submitted a check for $30,000 (the remainder of the $50,000 owed to the Mercer County Athletic Booster Club). She appeared in court with her public defender attorney Daniel Dalton; the state was represented by State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee.
Dellitt pleaded guilty Dec. 12, 2018, to the charge of second degree felony theft of $10,000 to $100,000 from the booster club. A second theft charge of $500 to $10,000 from the school district was dismissed in the agreement.
She will begin serving her time at 9 a.m. March 1.
Zimmer reviewed 10 victim impact statements which he said were “the most powerful victim statements I have ever read.”
In addition, Dellitt was ordered to obtain a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment.
During the December court hearing the court learned the thefts occurred between 2016 and 2018. Dellitt at the time was a bookkeeper for the school district. The Aledo Police Department was notified of the missing funds by the president of the booster club.
Dellitt also was ordered to have no contact with booster club board members or any booster club member and to submit to a DNA test.
Zimmer said the sentence requested by the state seemed appropriate, due to this being a first time offense.
Dellitt read a statement to the court apologizing for her actions. She acknowledged she had hurt many individuals and “hurt my whole family.” She took responsibility for her actions and hoped some good that would come from the experience.
“I hope the community will find a way to forgive me,” she added.
Lee said the $50,000 repayment was complete restitution, “according to the numbers we have.”