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Poole sentenced to 7 years for embezzlement

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She stolen from Amen Auto in Bagdad

By Lisa King

Linda Poole, a Bagdad woman who pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to stealing more than $110,000 from her employer, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Poole, 59, was sentenced Friday by Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, with her attorney, John Taylor, in attendance.

Poole had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft of more than $10,000, 2 counts of theft under $10,000 and 7 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

She had been charged in a direct indictment in February 2012 with 20 counts related to thefts from Amen East, an auto salvage business in Bagdad.

A jury trial had been scheduled in April but was postponed several times.

Hickman denied a request for probation, and Poole was taken into custody directly after her sentencing.