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Disharoon sentenced to two years for theft
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Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin passed down the sentence last Tuesday.

Disharoon, and co-defendant Donna Jeanette Sheriff, 44, pleaded guilty in June 2010 to stealing nearly $82,000 from the office, where Sheriff had worked as chief deputy clerk under former Clerk of Courts Becky McCord. Disharoon was employed as a contract worker.

Sheriff was not sentenced and will be back in court on Dec.13. A restitution hearing will also take place at that time.

Sheriff wrote $81,775 in checks to Disharoon from a Clerk of Courts account over a nine-month period, according to testimony against the pair.

Shortly after Sheriff and Disharoon were arrested on theft charges, local authorities began investigating McCord. The district attorneys office said that Sheriffs cooperation led to the arrest and conviction in McCords case.

McCord pleaded guilty to taking more than $140,000 from the clerks office and is currently serving two years in federal prison for tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud. McCord also faces four years in state prison for theft by taking and violation of oath of office, which will be served concurrent with the federal sentence. She was arrested in February 2010 and resigned the following month. She had served as Dawson County Clerk of Court for more than 17 years.

Disharoon will spend the remainder of his 10-year sentence on probation.

Disharoon and Sheriff will also be force to pay the $82,000 in restitution. He was also assigned $1,000 in fines, $300 in court costs and will be enrolling in alcohol treatment.

Sentenced as a first offender, he must also perform 240 hours of community service and can have no contact with Sheriff.