Prison guard pleads guilty to felony theft

The North Branch man who was arrested and charged with theft entered a guilty plea yesterday, Aug. 20, to felony theft from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City.

William R. Stanley, a sergeant at the prison, had been under investigation by the Department of Corrections, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office when a search warrant was served at his residence on May 15.

As a result of that search he was arrested at that time. A subsequent investigation revealed that Stanley had stolen over $35,000 worth of equipment from the prison over a two-year period and had been selling it on E-Bay.

Stanley is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1, and the state guidelines for the offense call for him to receive 20 years probation and a fine of up to $100,000. 

The County Attorney’s Office will seek one year in the county jail as a condition of Stanley’s probation and restitution of up to $37,000, less property recovered at the time the search warrant was served.


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