PARKERSBURG - Up to 10 years in prison was the sentence handed down Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court for a former treasurer of a volunteer fire department.
Shaun David Wilson, 34, 343 Mineral Manor Way, Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to a felony bill of information charging him with embezzlement in December and was sentenced by Judge J.D. Beane to one to 10 years in prison. As part of his sentence he will pay restitution.
According to court records, Wilson took $50,000 from the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department between January 2008 and February 2012. Records state Wilson was appointed to the post in October 2007 and in January 2008 he began to take funds from the department's treasury to cover gambling.
During that time he used a Community Bank card and wrote checks to himself, according to the charges. He was a member of the fire department for 10 years.
Wilson will be eligible for parole in one year.
Eastwood VFD assistant chief Kenneth Moore said the department faced financial difficulties but is recovering.
"It left us in a bad financial situation," he said. "With community support we are now in a position where we don't have to worry about how to pay our bills and we can take care of some projects we had to put on hold because there was no money."
Moore said the department would not have survived without community support.
"It all has to do with the community; they really came through for us to get us back on our feet and stay that way," he said. "It was a blessing in disguise because it got the community involved with the department."
In another sentencing, Mitchell Dewayne Sprouse, 54, in custody, was sentenced after his guilty plea to a charge of soliciting a minor by way of computer. Beane sentenced him to two to 10 years in prison with credit for 10 days served and he will be required to register as a sex offender for 20 years after his release.