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Foster to admit embezzling from JVCC

A Mitchell woman who was due to appear in court on grand theft charges Tuesday is now scheduled to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in magistrate court.

Shannon Danell Foster, 47, is accused of embezzling approximately $3,000 in cash and bank deposits from the James Valley Community Center between January and March. She was a bookkeeper at the center.

Foster, who also owned the Moonlight Bar in Mitchell at the time of her arrest, waived the 180-day rule, which gives defendants the right to have a trial within 180 days after they first appear in court.

Tuesday, her attorney, Doug Dailey, informed the court Foster will plead down to a misdemeanor charge and asked that her case be moved to magistrate court. The state did not object and Judge Tim Bjorkman granted the request.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bob O’Keefe declined to elaborate on why Foster will plead to a lesser charge or to what charge she will plead, saying it’s still considered an open case. She is scheduled to appear in magistrate court Thursday.