Ex-Belknap clerk and treasurer Nancy Hester was sentenced Tuesday in Johnson County after she pleaded guilty to theft charges. In court, she apologized and said she was depressed over a divorce and suffered from a gambling problem.
Belknap has about 130 residents. The village president says unless the money is repaid, it'd take the community about 15 years to rebuild the depleted account. The money represented more than half of the community's general fund.