Sergeant Sentenced for Theft
William Russell Stanley, a former sergeant with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, most recently employed at the Rush City prison, was sentenced in Chisago County District Court on December 2, 2008, for felony theft.
Stanley committed the theft of prison equipment and supplies while working at the facility between June, 2006 and May, 2008, and sold the government property on internet auction site, E-Bay. Stanley, age 30 of North Branch, had previously pled guilty to the theft in August of this year.
Judge Douglas Swenson, finding that the crime was a major economic offense under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, indicated that, if the sentence were ever served there would be an upward durational departure to 21 months in prison. Stanley was placed on probation for 20 years, ordered to pay $30, 417.31 in restitution, and serve the first 6 months in the Chisago County jail.
The case was prosecuted as a result of a coordinated investigation between the Minnesota Department of Corrections Investigative Unit and the Chisago County Sheriffs Department and included several months of undercover and surveillance activities.