He said that while a sentence of probation was too light, he might be open to a revised agreement calling for the single mother of three to serve less than six months in jail. LaPoint's sentencing is set to resume May 16.
Bennett declined to sentence LaPoint at a March 26 hearing, saying he had reservations with the plea agreement and the sentencing guidelines for theft.
Defense attorney Bradley Hansen and prosecutors argued that probation remained the correct sentence for LaPoint because she accepted responsibility and had no prior criminal history, among other factors. They didn't immediately return messages.