A Houston County judge ordered a Dothan woman who pleaded guilty to stealing from the Columbia Baptist Association to serve 12 months in the county’s work release program.
Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford sentenced 52-year-old Tonya Renee Woodward to 46 months in state prison for each of the felony theft charges filed against her. Those sentences were suspended for a 12-month split to be served in the county’s work release program, called Houston County Community Corrections.
Houston County Sheriff’s deputies handcuffed Woodward at the conclusion of the hearing, taking her into custody to serve out her 12-month sentence through work release.
Binford sentenced Woodward for all 14 of the felony charges filed against her. Woodward pleaded guilty in August to 10 felony second-degree theft charges. Woodward pleaded guilty Wednesday to four first-degree theft charges.
Binford also ordered Woodward to pay $117,372.50 in restitution to the Columbia Baptist Association.
Woodward also apologized to the court, and the association for the thefts.
“I did not plan any of this. He’s right, the depression aided me,” Woodward said. “I can’t begin to say how much I’m sorry.”
Binford said he could not grant any requests for probation.
“It’s just one of those cases where it sends the wrong message to the community,” Binford said.
Binford said at the completion of serving the 12 months, Woodward would serve three years of probation. Binford informed Woodward what serving out her sentence through work release meant.
“You’ll be reporting into the community corrections facility every night,” Binford said. “That’s where you’ll spend the night for the next year.”
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