NEOSHO — A Newton County judge has given a former Leawood treasurer convicted of stealing more than $300,000 from the southwest Missouri town a choice: pay the money back or go to jail.
Judge Kevin Selby told Gene Paul Boyd at his sentencing Friday that Boyd had one year to repay the $376,000 he stole from the town over nearly two decades. The judge said if Boyd doesn't make restitution in time he should "pack a toothbrush."
Selby suspended the maximum 15-year prison sentence pending the repayment.
Boyd had previously pleaded guilty to felony theft.
The Joplin Globe reports that the 64-year-old defendant offered to repay about $250 a month to Leawood for as long as he lived, but the judge didn't approve that plan.