Former circuit clerk from northeast Missouri enters plea
KAHOKA (AP) - A former court clerk from northeast Missouri has received a two-year suspended prison sentence after entering an Alford plea to charges of stealing.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports 63-year-old Mary Jones entered the plea Monday in Kahoka.
Jones was the longtime circuit clerk in Clark County. In addition to the suspended sentence, she was ordered to serve eight days of shock jail time and two years of supervised probation.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
Jones was charged after a state audit showed the count was short more than $12,000.
Jones resigned in July 2013. She had worked in the circuit clerks' office since 1974 and became circuit clerk and recorder in 1995.