Two former employees of the union that represents LexTran employees were sentenced Friday to probation on theft charges related to money stolen from the union.
Timothy Earl Burnett, 44, former president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 639, was sentenced to one year in jail on a count of felony theft by unlawful taking, but Fayette Circuit Court Judge Thomas Clark probated the sentence for five years.
Bobbie Kay Martin, 62, the union's former financial secretary, was sentenced to a year in jail on a misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking, but Clark probated her sentence for two years.
Burnett must pay about $25,000 in restitution, and he told the judge that he could make minimum payments of $200 a month. Burnett also must perform 40 hours of community service for each year of his probation.
The amount of restitution that Martin must pay is undetermined, but she reserves the right to contest the amount, said her attorney, Matt Boyd.
"She's a good person that trusted her boss," Boyd said.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andrea Williams said she will submit a restitution figure for Martin next week.
Burnett and Martin entered Alford pleas in September. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that there is enough evidence to be found guilty.
The theft case began in September 2007, when Burnett and Martin were charged with four counts of felony theft after union member Joe Raber told police that money had been stolen from the union and that he knew who took it.