Sienna Plantation resident avoids prison with guilty plea, return of funds

A Sienna Plantation man will avoid prison time after accepting a plea deal and returning the approximately $44,000 that he stole from the Sienna Plantation Youth Baseball League.

“I want to thank and apologize to the court, prosecutors and especially to the little league. For my actions and everything.. So I’m just.. given the opportunity to redeem myself …so thank you,” Werner told Houston Channel 13 last week.

According to the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, Werner stole from the league when he was its treasurer, between January 2013 and October 2014. He denies allegations that he spent the $51,600 on personal items like family trips and even a pool at his home.

League President Stephen Brannon said the court’s decision to put Werner on five years’ probation and sentence him to 300 hours of community service – combined with the return of the funds – brings some closure to the situation.

The league has also taken steps to protect itself from theft in the future.

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