Walkerville woman sentenced to jail for forgery.

May 23, 2017

Danella Conkle with her attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

Walkerville woman sentenced to jail for forgery.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 40-year-old Wallkerville woman was ordered to serve 60 days up front of an 11-month discretionary jail term for a forgery conviction in 27th Circuit Court Monday, May 22.

Danella Marie Conkle, of 4300 N. 188th Ave., pleaded guilty to the felony last April.

Conkle was initially charged in two separate files with forgery and uttering and publishing. The other counts were dismissed when she pleaded to one count of forgery, which is a 14-year felony.

Judge Bradley Lambrix also ordered Conkle to pay $820 in restitution.

Lambrix noted that Conkle has seven prior misdemeanor convictions.

“I wrote a check that wasn’t mine,” Conkle testified in April, admitting that she forged a person’s name on the check last December.

According to her court file, the crime occurred at the Lake Osceola Bank in Walkerville.

Conkle asked the judge if she could serve her time on the weekends, because she has a job picking asparagus; is continuing her education; and wants to be able to care for her children.

“They’re all excellent reasons why you should have never done this in the first place,” Lambrix told her. “While I want to be compassionate, you had every opportunity to make different choices and you failed to do that.”

“This is a very serious offense,” the judge said.

Conkle, who received credit for 16 days already served in jail, was also ordered to serve two years probation.

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