Sharon Scanlon received a sentence in court today of four-and-a-half years in prison, followed by five years probation.
In an emotional statement while trying to hold back tears, Shelton’s former assistant finance director accepted responsibility and expressed remorse for her actions.
“I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” said Scanlon, reading from prepared remarks. “I’d like to apologize to my co-workers” and to the people of Shelton.
Scanlon said she had spent her life teaching her two children the importance of doing the right thing, “and I failed in that.”
‘Spend the rest of my life…’
“I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make amends for this crime, both emotionally and financially,” she said.
Scanlon was accused of stealing $914,000 from the city of Shelton while in her job. She was facing a sentence of three to seven years in prison, plus the five years probation.
She was sentenced by Judge John Ronan in state Superior Court in Milford during an appearance on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 30.
Scanlon earlier reached a plea agreement involving one count of both first-degree forgery and first-degree larceny. She originally was charged with 56 counts of first-degree forgery and one count of first-degree larceny, all felonies.
No one representing the city of Shelton spoke to the court before the sentence was handed down. As the victim, the city had the right to send a representative to address the court.