A deputy for the Rogers County sheriff's department took a long trip to pick up a convicted felon. But a judge basically made the trip pointless when he released the embezzler as soon as the deputy brought her to court.
The Claremore Daily Progress tells the story of Cynthia Izon, 44, who was convicted on one count of embezzling from the Barbie Doll Club of Northeastern Oklahoma.
Izon, who was the club's treasurer, was convicted in 2006. She was given a 40-year prison sentence, but had 25 years suspended.
In 2007, Judge Dwayne Steidley reviewed the case and ruled the sentence was too harsh, reducing it to 10 years. He also gave Izon credit for time served, with the rest of the sentence suspended.
But, last December, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals vacated Steidley's decision and ordered Izon back to prison. But, by then, Izon had moved to Alaska with her father.
Deputy Greg Evans flew to Alaska on Feb. 13, the newspaper reported. He also took his wife, who just happens to be a reserve deputy, along for the ride. The couple spent five days traveling. That's interesting, considering Izon had been sitting in the Anchorage jail since Jan. 25, when authorities were notified of her Oklahoma troubles.
But, maybe the more amazing part of the story is that when Izon was brought back before Steidley, the judge basically said "nice try, guys" and suspended Izon's sentence again.
So, after five days in Alaska tracking Izon, and costing the citizens of Rogers County at least $3,000, all the sheriff's deputies have to show for their hard work is a few ticket stubs. - Gazette staff