Skelton will serve six months
Published 11:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Former Charlotte Court House Town Clerk Holly Megan Adams Skelton was sentenced Aug. 2 on six counts of grand larceny in Charlotte Circuit Court that she pled guilty to in March.
Skelton was sentenced to 18 years in jail with 17 years and six months in jail suspended, meaning she’ll spend an active sentence of six months behind bars.
In addition, she was sentenced to 15 years of supervised probation and restitution of $69,904.39.
Skelton, of Drakes Branch, was arrested Oct. 7 and charged with 30 counts of grand larceny, embezzlement and other related charges.
According to court records, the charges stemmed from incidents beginning 2010 through January 2012.
Thirty charges all fell under the category of larceny. Skelton pled guilty to six counts of grand larceny rather than 30 individual charges she originally faced. According to the Charlotte Circuit Court online database, Skelton was not prosecuted on 24 of the charges, which included forgery, embezzlement of public funds along with other larceny charges.
“They’re basically being rolled into those six (charges),” said Lee Harrison, the commonwealth’s attorney for Amelia County who acted as a special prosecutor in the case, in a previous interview.
“I will probably have a plan of my own as to how I think she should be making restitution,” Harrison said. “(The judge is) going to listen to (what) the defense counsel has to say as to how they think it ought to be paid back, and I’m sure he’s going to listen to how I think (it should be paid back).”
A Charlotte County grand jury indicted Skelton in October for six counts each of embezzlement of public funds, grand larceny equal or greater than $200, other forgery/uttering, other forgery: employ or true, and computer fraud: larceny/embezzlement equal or greater than $200.
Last year, Charlotte Court House Mayor Stephen Walker previously confirmed Skelton worked as town clerk for two years and was initially placed on indefinite administrative leave.