JAY - A former Grove school teacher received Monday a two year deferred sentence after pleading guilty to stealing money from the school's cheerleading fund.
Michell Diane Martin, 53, was ordered to pay back $8,270 in restitution and a $1,000 fine.
Nick Lelecas, assistant district attorney said Martin paid the restitution before Monday's hearing. Martin worked at the school in 2001 and from 2005 to Oct. 26, 2010. As the Grove School District cheerleading advisor, she confessed to funneling money from advertisements in the school's football program for her personal use, according to the plea agreement.
Martin's attorney, Winston Connor II, said Martin has received professional help and is looking forward to being a productive member of society.
In an unrelated case, Martin also was also sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol-aggravated.
She was arrested by Grove police on Oct.
29 after she registered 0.23 on a blood-alcohol test, nearly three times over the legal limit to drive. Martin was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and fined $500.