Judge orders 15 years for eight counts of forgery

CLINTON — One woman was ordered to serve as many as 15 years in prison for eight counts of forgery, while another woman was granted a suspended sentence for three count of forgery in district court Thursday.

Tera A. Riddle, 32, appeared in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for eight counts of forgery, a Class D felony, in eight separate cases.

District Court Judge Henry Latham ordered that Riddle serve up to five years for each count, four sentences running concurrently, two running concurrently and the remaining two concurrently. The concurrent sentences will run consecutively.

Riddle's total sentence in all cases is 15 years. She was given credit for time served.

A $750 fine was suspended on each count, but Riddle was ordered to pay victim restitution in each case.

Victim restitution in five cases totals $1,412.86, payable to Casey's Corporate. Another $346.13 must be paid to Dupaco Community Credit Union; $300 to Ascentra Credit Union; $461.88 to Randy's Market; $350 to DeWitt Bank and Trust.

Victim restitution totaled $2,870.87.

The court dismissed 18 counts of forgery and one count of fifth-degree theft. Costs for the 18 forgery counts were assessed to Riddle. Costs for the one count of fifth-degree theft was assessed to the state.

Kayli E. Pidde, 22, of Fulton, Illinois, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for three counts of forgery, a Class D felony.

Latham suspended five-year sentences on each count and placed Pidde on three years probation. Pidde must obtain mental health and substance abuse evaluations and complete any recommended treatment, abstain from using controlled substances and alcohol, submit to random drug testing, complete the Residential Corrections Facility program, work towards getting her GED or high school equivalent and maintain employment.

A $750 fine was suspended in each case. Pidde was ordered to pay $98.10 in victim restitution to Casey's General Store and $140.23 in victim restitution to Jewel-Osco. Two forgery counts were ordered to be served concurrently with each other but consecutively to the third count of forgery.

One count of fifth-degree theft was dismissed at sentencing with costs assessed to Pidde.