Aurand sent to prison

CLINTON — A Clinton woman has been sent to prison for one count of felony theft.

Sarah L. Aurand, 37, 743 12th Ave, South, appeared Friday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a Class D felony. Aurand waived her right to file a motion in arrest of judgment and requested immediate sentencing. The court proceeded with sentencing.

District Court Judge John Telleen ordered Aurand to serve up to five years in prison. A $750 fine was suspended.

According to the affidavit, between Dec. 6 and Jan. 27, 12 checks were passed at several Clinton businesses from Aurand's closed US Bank account. Casey's General Store, 1107 13th Ave. North, reported receiving four checks from Aurand between Dec. 6 and Jan. 14, totaling $368.64. Casey's General Store, 1336 Camanche Ave., reported receiving six checks from Aurand between Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, totaling $456.43. McKinley Street Tavern, 2301 McKinley St., reported receiving one check from Aurand on Jan. 10, totaling $109.59. Yen Ching, 1105 N. Second St., reported receiving one check from Aurand on Jan. 27, totaling $93.39. The total amount from the businesses was $1,028.05.

The affidavit states that on Feb. 25, an officer conducted an interview with Aurand at the Clinton Police Department. Aurand waived her Miranda rights. Aurand admitted to writing all 12 checks to the different businesses. Aurand also admitted she knew the money for the checks was not in her closed US Bank account.

Also, the court in two separate cases accepted Aurand's stipulation she violated the terms of her probation. The court found Aurand in both cases violated the terms of her probation and ordered the five-year sentences previously imposed on Oct. 25 to be reinstated and served consecutively. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently with the sentence imposed for the felony theft charge.

Aurand on Oct. 25 appeared in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for one count of forgery and one count of second-degree theft. Telleen on both counts ordered a sentence to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period not to exceed five years be suspended. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

Aurand in a separate case appeared on Oct. 25 in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, third or subsequent offense. Telleen ordered a sentence to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period not to exceed five years be suspended. The sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with the sentence imposed in the other case.