Thursday, October 14, 2010
Hendry's Susan English - December Trial
Trial Date Set For LaBelle Ex-Jail Captain Grand Larceny
LABELLE, FL. -- Former Hendry County Deputy and administrator of the Hendry jail, Susan Russe Sibbald English appeared before Circuit Judge Christine Greider Thursday morning and asked for a delay in setting a trial date. The judge set a trial for the period between December 6 and the 15th.
Appearing with her attorney Amira Dajani Fox, the judge was told that possibly two more depositions of witnesses might be needed including the deposition of former Hendry Sheriff Ronnie Lee, English's former boss.
English is charged with Grand Theft over $100,000 and Falsifying a public document by a public servant. English is said to have cashed checks from the Hendry County Jail canteen account, taking over $120,000 between March 2006 and October 2008.
At a previous hearing the Judge refused to accept English's proposed plea deal, for which English agreed with prosecutors to serve 23 months in prison, and be on probation for 20 years. English also asked the judge to delay sentencing until after the holidays. The judge denied that request as well.
English proposed to pay back $120,343.35 to the Hendry Sheriff's department over a period of 20 years at $500 a month.
The December trial is expected to take four to five days, English's attorney Fox told the Judge. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for November 19th.