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GREGORY -- A Gregory woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for stealing from the Gregory Farmers Elevator.

Judge Kathleen Trandahl sentenced Melissa Vosika, 30, to five years in the South Dakota Women's Prison, but suspended two years, for the conviction of altering corporate records, said Sandy Steffen, prosecuting attorney. Vosika, who was sentenced at Gregory County Courthouse, also received two, two-year prison sentences for a forgery conviction and an attempted embezzlement conviction. Those years will run concurrent -- or at the same time -- as the three-year sentence.

Vosika was the business manager of the Gregory Farmers Elevator and was accused in December 2012 of stealing more than $17,000 from the business between May and September in 2012. She was originally charged with 14 counts -- seven counts of embezzlement, three counts of altering corporate records, three counts of forgery and one count of attempted embezzlement.

She pleaded guilty to three of those counts in March.

Steffen said Vosika must also write an apology letter to the elevator.

Vosika must pay $1,500 in fines, $312 in court costs, $5,035.95 in restitution and $81.50 for transcripts. She must also submit a DNA sample.

Her first parole eligibility will be in nine months, or January 2015.