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Huntington ex-councilman convicted of theft

McIntyre

A jury convicted a former Huntington County Sheriff's Department employee of felony theft after a one-day trial Monday.

Stephen W. McIntyre, who is about 50 and also served three terms as a Huntington City Councilman, is scheduled to be sentenced next month, according to Huntington Superior Court records.

Huntington County prosecutors charged McIntyre after an investigation into missing money at the sheriff's department.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Terry Stoffel said his office noticed money was coming up missing from a jar that Dave McVoy, the department's dog handler, filled with cash.

That money was used to buy extra items for the unit, Stoffel said.

The Indiana State Police were asked to look into the matter, and soon a camera was placed above the jar.

Only one person was shown taking money out of the jar during a five-week period -- McIntyre.

At the time, Stoffel said they had a similar problem with McIntyre previously.

The accusations of theft prompted Stoffel to fire him, he said.

McIntyre had been listed as an assistant jail commander and the department's public information officer on the sheriff's website.

He served three terms on Huntington City Council as a Republican beginning in 2000, but lost in 2011 to Democrat Jim Long.

McIntyre is to be sentenced Jan. 21 and he faces up to three years in prison, though that sentence is unlikely.

Theft is a class D felony, and maximum sentences for such a charge are rarely given.

In many cases, no time behind bars is given to those with relatively clean prior records.

McIntyre is also allowed to stay free on bond until his sentencing, as long as he reports to the probation department, according to court documents.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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