- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - A former Eau Claire County treasurer accused of stealing from county taxpayers has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

Sixty-eight-year-old Larry Lokken was sentenced Thursday. After serving his prison time, Lokken will be on extended supervision for 11 years.

The Leader-Telegram (https://bit.ly/1PKq2hp ) reports Judge Jon Theisen gave Lokken repeated opportunities to speak at his sentencing hearing, but Lokken declined to do so.

Lokken served as the county’s elected treasurer for 38 years. He pleaded no contest in November to theft and misconduct in office for his role in stealing more than $625,000 in taxpayer money between 2011 and 2013, when he left office.

Lokken’s former assistant, Kay Onarheim, pleaded guilty in October. Her sentencing is set for March 3.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, https://www.leadertelegram.com/

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