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Mitchell woman sentenced to community service, restitution for bad check case

A Mitchell woman received a suspended three-year prison sentence Tuesday for writing more than $9,000 of bad checks with another person.

Sarah Lynn Gullings, 25, is also jointly and severally responsible with Thomas Foster, 22, to repay restitution, meaning they are both responsible for the repayments.

Gullings must also pay court costs of $104 and serve 34 days in jail.

Judge Sean O'Brien gave Gullings credit for four days already served and ordered her to serve 100 hours of community service.

According to a grand jury indictment, Gullings and Foster wrote bad checks to various merchants from two banks between December 2009 and May 2010.

At the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell, Judge Sean O'Brien said Gullings needs to be more careful regarding the people she associates with.

"While Mr. Foster may have been the primary person behind this check-writing scheme, I think you fail to take accountability and responsibility for your part in that scheme," O'Brien said. "You need to understand that you need to take responsibility for your actions."