A Twin Lakes woman will spend 18 months in prison for stealing money from the Randall School parent-teacher organization.
Terra Mener, 45, was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison and 3½ years of extended supervision on her conviction for theft. The sentence far exceeded the recommendation made by prosecutors as part of a plea deal – as part of her guilty plea prosecutors had agreed to recommend that she receive probation.
However, judges are not bound by the recommendations in a plea deal, and Circuit Court Judge David Bastianelli opted to impose prison time. She could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
“I think the judge was reflecting the anger of folks out in Randall,” said District Attorney Michael Graveley. “Three people spoke at the sentencing, and a couple dozen people sent letters reflecting their concern.”
Graveley said people involved with Randall School said Mener’s embezzlement of money raised by volunteers to support programs for children at the school undermined the feeling of trust and community between neighbors.
Mener was the treasurer of the parent-teacher organization. According to the criminal complaint, Mener stole approximately $25,000 from the club’s bank accounts in a series of cash withdrawals between 2011 and November 2013. The theft came to light when the club’s president became suspicious and confronted Mener, who admitted taking the money to fund a prescription drug addiction.
Prior to her guilty plea in December, Mener had repaid the full amount taken from the organization.