Pietsch

A woman who was sentenced to seven years for stealing more than $53,000 from the Webster Parish Office of Community Services has had her sentence reduced.

Judge Jeff Thompson sentenced Kristy Pietsch in Webster District Court in July to seven years each on two counts of theft over $25,000 with the sentences being served at the same time.

She was also ordered to pay $86,200 in restitution.

In a motion filed by, Eric Johnson, attorney for Pietsch, Judge Thompson was asked to reconsider Pietsch’s sentencing by suspending jail time on both charges on the grounds she could pay $28,221 toward the restitution. He also asked she be placed on probation until the remainder is paid.

Thompson suspended her seven-year jail sentence and put her on five years of probation with three years of home incarceration with an ankle monitor. Court minutes show she presented a $15,000 certified check to the court Monday.

Pietsch had until 6 p.m. July 24 to report to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. On Aug. 1, Judge Thompson signed an order releasing Pietsch from jail until her hearing Monday for the district attorney’s office to show cause as to why the resentencing should not be considered.

In a letter to the judge, Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland said Traveler’s Insurance, which insures the Office of Community Services, would be satisfied with Pietsch paying $15,000 in restitution.

The letter also said the district attorney’s office would not oppose the resentencing if Pietsch paid the $15,000 restitution.

Pietsch, who was the former financial director at the WPOCS office, was arrested in June 2016 after investigators said between November 2014 and May 2016 she deposited more than 50 unauthorized checks from the agency into her personal account.