Former Fire Chief Steve Gorrell Sentenced
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Jan 2 2014 11:02AM
Former Marion Fire Chief Steve Gorrell will spend one year on home detention and five years on probation, but will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty to seven counts of Theft for allegedly receiving money from the city illegally.
Gorrell was accused of selling back vacation and accrued sick time to the city of Marion that he wasn’t entitled to. Under terms of a plea agreement, Gorrell will make restitution of more than eleven-thousand dollars to the city. He will also undergo substance abuse treatment. Gorrell had stated that his actions were indirectly due to an addiction to prescription drugs.
Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull Junior said the sentence that Gorrell received was fair, but sends a clear message that everyone must follow the law.
Superior Court Three Judge Warren Haas called the case “An abuse of trust.”
While Gorrell pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, three other counts of Forgery and Corrupt Business Influence were dismissed under terms of the plea agreement.