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Former Moravia judge sentenced for embezzlement in Cayuga County

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June Shepardson, a former town justice in Cayuga County, received a probation sentence on Thursday after confessing to the theft of thousands of dollars from court funds. The sentencing, conducted by Judge Thomas Leone in Cayuga County Court, concluded with Shepardson being placed on five years probation for fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony. The admission of guilt came after a state probe revealed over $6,000 missing, leading to Shepardson’s resignation from her positions as Moravia town and village judge in August.

In anticipation of her guilty plea in December, Shepardson repaid more than $6,000, allocating the majority to the Moravia town court and a smaller portion to the village. The plea deal also stipulates her commitment to undergo treatment for a gambling addiction, which her attorney attributed as the cause of her unlawful actions, and a prohibition against seeking public office in the future.

Shepardson’s tenure as a justice in Moravia, which began in 2001, was abruptly halted in July due to the investigation into the misappropriated funds. Her lawyer, J. Justin Woods, highlighted her ongoing recovery from gambling addiction as a pivotal aspect of her defense.