MANKATO (TEC News) – The wife of Mankato’s former Public Safety Director has entered a guilty plea to a single count of felony theft.
65-year-old Mary Huettl had originally been charged with 15 felony counts of theft for allegedly stealing over $100,000 from her former employer, U.S. Engravers.
In court today, Huettl was questioned by her attorney James Fleming and admitted to one count which involved the unauthorized use of a company credit card at Sam’s Club and Costco for an amount just over $1,000.
Huettl admitted her guilt by simply answering yes to a series of questions.
In announcing the plea agreement today to Judge Krista Jass, Fleming said the plea agreement would include probation, no restitution and that the terms of probation would be left up to the court.
Jass ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Huettl for December 20th at 11 a.m.
Fleming and special prosecutor Mike Boyle, who is the Assistant Brown County Attorney, both declined comment following the hearing.
Because Huettl’s husband Jerry was Mankato’s former Director of Public Safety, the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office had Brown County handle the case due to a possible conflict of interest.