Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan A. Eichhorn, 57, Decatur, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to a plea agreement negotiated by her attorney, Stanley L. Campbell, Fort Wayne, and Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher E. Harvey.
Eichhorn withdrew her original plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct, a Class D felony, and one count of counterfeiting, also a Class D felony. In exchange for pleading guilty to those two charges, the state agreed to drop the additional charges originally levied against her, including forgery, a Class C felony, attempt to commit theft, a Class D felony, and deception, a Class A misdemeanor.
Following acceptance of Eichhorn’s guilty pleas, Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad E. Kukelhan imposed a fine of $250 and court costs, sentenced the former city employee to 547 days of in-home monitored detention and ordered her to perform 40 hours of community service. Eichhorn had already paid restitution in the case. Both felony charges to which Eichhorn pleaded guilty each carried maximum fines of $10,000 and three years in prison.
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