FAIRMONT — A man was sentenced to probation after he embezzled money from a convenience store in Fairmont.
On Tuesday, Michael Shane Grimes, 57, of Fairmont, entered an Alford plea with the state pleading to a misdemeanor charge of embezzlement. An Alford plea is not necessarily a plea of guilty, but rather a consent that the prosecution may have enough evidence to convict if the case were to go to trial.
Grimes was indicted on a felony charge of embezzlement in October 2013.
During a hearing on Tuesday, Marion County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brandon Flower told the court that while acting as manager of a Bylo Mart in Fairmont, Grimes embezzled $1,416.33 from the store.
With the felony offense, Grimes was facing one to 10 years in prison or at discretion of the court, no more than one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
With Grimes entering a plea of a misdemeanor, Marion Circuit Judge Michael Aloi sentenced Grimes to one year in jail and granted the motion to suspend the sentence and place Grimes on probation for one year.
Along with probation, Grimes will have to pay restitution of $1,416.33.