A former treasurer of the Groesbeck Band Boosters whose theft of almost $40,000 prevented the band from taking an annual trip was placed on probation Friday and ordered to repay the money.

Judge Deborah Oakes Evans of Groesbeck’s 87th State District Court granted Jamie Gladden’s request for probation, placing her on community supervision for 10 years, ordering her to repay $39,116.97, perform 192 hours of community service and to serve 90 days in the county jail as a term and condition of probation.

Gladden, 48, of Groesbeck, pleaded guilty Sept. 1 to felony theft of more than $1,500 from a nonprofit organization and felony theft of more than $20,000 from a nonprofit organization. Gladden pleaded open to the court without the benefit of a plea agreement.

“Unfortunately, the defendant took advantage of a situation where trust had been placed in her, and she violated that trust,” Limestone County Attorney Roy DeFriend said. “The Band Boosters worked hard for that money, money which would have allowed the band members of 2016 to take a band trip. Due to her actions, no trip was taken that year. The court has given her a chance. Hopefully, this will be a turning point for her.”

DeFriend praised the work of the Groesbeck Police Department, which started an investigation after the shortage of funds for the Groesbeck Band Boosters was discovered. DeFriend said Gladden took the money from December 2013 through September 2016 from a Band Boosters account via ATM advances and electronic transfers.

Gladden confessed to the crimes and said she used the money to pay personal debts and expenses, DeFriend said.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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