Former Latah County Sheriff’s employee pleads guilty

The former Latah County Sheriff’s Office employee facing a felony charge of misusing public money has pleaded guilty one day after her trial began.

Rhonda Bunney, the former administrative services supervisor, changed her plea Tuesday morning in 2nd District Court.

Prior to the start of the second day of the trial, the attorneys in the case spent two hours in Judge John Stegner’s chambers. When they emerged, Bunney admitted to taking more than $56,000 from the jail commissary fund and fingerprinting fees from the driver’s license bureau over several years.

Officials say there was no plea bargain attached to Bunney’s guilty plea, and the charge was not reduced. Sentencing is set for April 22nd, and she faces 14 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Bunney is also subject to paying restitution to the county.

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