Man guilty of theft from program

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Will repay $10,000 to Lebanon Junction Jaguars

By The Staff

LEBANON JUNCTION - A man who allegedly took money and equipment valued at over $10,000 from a youth football organization has entered a guilty plea in Bullitt Circuit Court.

But Brian Edward Wibbels will avoid serving any additional time in prison.

Wibbels, 34, entered an Alford plea on Tuesday to a single count of theft by unlawful taking over $300. The remaining charges were dismissed.

According to the indictment, in 2006, Wibbels took items and money valued at over $300 from the Lebanon Junction Jaguars football program, of which he was an officer.

Under the plea agreement with commonwealth attorney Michael Mann, Wibbels would receive a five-year sentence but that would be probated for five years. It would run consecutive to any other time Wibbels might receive in an unrelated drug case.

Also, at the time of final sentencing, Wibbels would pay $10,000 to the Jaguar organization.

Under the Alford plea, Wibbels claims he was innocent but understands that he feels the commonwealth had enough evidence to convict him of the charge.

A representative from the Jaguar program told Circuit Judge Rodney Burress that she accepted the plea agreement and the restitution.

Final sentencing is set for Oct. 8.