It took the jury about 45 minutes to come back with a guilty plea for Lisa Appling on the charge of misdemeanor theft by taking. Superior Court Judge Trent Brown sentenced her to 12 months probation for the offense, a $500 fine, 40 hours of community service, and she was ordered to repay the $400.
The case had a few interesting components, including the fact that the state’s key witness was the defendant’s husband. A pretrial hearing was held concerning the husband’s ability not to testify in the trial due to marital privilege.
On that issue, Brown ruled in the favor of the defense, and if the husband invoked the privilege, he did not have to testify.
When it came time for him to testify, the husband did not bring up the issue.
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