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State Charges Dropped Against Crundwell

Updated: April 30, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
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There was a status hearing for the State of Illinois' case against Rita Crundwell on Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013, in Lee County.

Crundwell faced 60 counts of felony theft. At the hearing, Anna Sacco-Miller, the Lee County State's Attorney, dropped the charges.

"If we try the case here in Lee County, it would be approximately $300,000. I can't imagine being able to try this case in this county given the number of victims. There would be a transfer of venue and the cost would multiply exponentially."

Sacco-Miller also explained that any additional prison time Crundwell would have been sentenced to, would be served concurrent to her federal prison sentence. This means that Crundwell would not serve any additional prison time.

Many Dixon residents agree that spending more money on a trial, without the possibility of extra time behind bars, is futile.

"I suppose they're going to have to let it go if it's going to cost us another $300,000," said resident Roland Falk. "She ain't worth it."

Mayor of Dixon, Jim Burke, is admittedly disappointed that Crundwell will not face more charges.

"If Rita had gotten life in prison, that wouldn't be too severe or too harsh in my opinion," Burke said. But he ultimately agrees with Sacco-Miller's decision.

The former comptroller of Dixon, Ill. was arrested on federal charges in April, 2012.

She pled guilty to those charges in November, 2012 and was sentence on February 14, 2013 to 19 years and seven month in federal prison.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for additional details as we receive them.