Floyd County deputies led former assistant county treasurer Kristie Dawn Turman out of the Circuit Courtroom Tuesday morning after Judge Marc Long sentenced her to more than five years in prison for embezzling more than $37,000 in taxpayer funds.

As my story in The Floyd Press reported, Long said she violated the trust of the public she was supposed to serve and “took money from every person in Floyd County.”

Turman pleaded guilty to six felony embezzlement counts and six misdemeanor counts of computer trespass, admitting she stole funds from 2010 through August of 2014 while serving as the assistant treasurer for two elected treasurers for the county.

She testified Tuesday that medical and health issues for family members forced her to steal.

‘I always he the intent to pay the money back,” she claimed.

Special prosecutor Patrick Nix, assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of Franklin County, disagreed, and asked: “You knew you could not pay the money back, didn’t you?”

Turman sat silently and never answered.

Long handed down a sentence of 30 years on the felony charges, with five years in prison and 24 years suspended.  He added 12 months of jail time on the misdemeanor with another 60 months suspended concurrently with the felony time.

The prison time, he said, “is part punishment and part a message to others.”