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MARYVILLE, MO (2011-04-20)
The former public works director for the city of Maryville avoids a trial and pleads guilty of stealing from the city.
Greg Decker this morning plead guilty to 1 misdemeanor charge of stealing and 1 felony of tampering with a motor vehicle. The rest of the charges in the case, including forgery and burglary, were dropped as part of the plea agreement. He's been ordered to pay more than $2,300 back to the city in restitution and will spend 60 days in the county jail. Decker admits he used a piece of city machinery and took gravel from the city last June. Before sentencing a representative of the city read a statement saying Decker in essence didn't just steal from the city but 12,000 people. Both the judge and the city called the plea bargain "Somewhat of a good deal for you" but Decker's attorney, Kevin Baldwin, told us he's paying for what he did. Decker's 60 day county jail sentence has been postponed until August 1st to accommodate some health procedures he's undergoing.
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