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Linda Gale Reed pleads guilty

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Linda Gale Reed, the woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. Linda Gale Reed, the woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement.
COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Linda Gale Reed, the woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement.

Prior to a scheduled pre-trial hearing Thursday in Copiah County Circuit Court, Reed and her attorney, John Reeves, met with prosecutors to discuss Reed pleading guilty. Then, during the hearing, just before 4 p.m. the judge asked Reed if she pleads guilty to embezzlement and Reed said "yes."

Two other counts of embezzlement were dropped.

Reed's attorney, John Reeves, says as part of the plea deal, Reed will not serve any more time in jail after her sentencing, which will be not later than Aug. 12.

Reeves said they consider this a victory.

"She's in her 60's, retiring, in bad health. Her family supports her but didn't want her to run the risk of getting convicted," Reeves said.

Reed was served with an indictment June 7 and was charged with three counts of embezzlement. The charges involved petty cash and checks written in connection to her employer -- Moore Fabrication.

Just after Reed's indictment, Reeves expressed his doubt in the prosecution.

"It was obvious to me that the local flavor, the frenzy was so hard and so high that they didn't have a choice really, politically, but to indict her. I think in other counties, more populous counties, there's a good chance she would not have been indicted. I don't think they can prove their case," stated Reeves.

She was denied bond and will wait for her sentencing in the Copiah County Jail.

Reed was reported missing in April 2012. Her family and authorities searched for nearly five months for her.

Her status changed from missing to wanted for embezzlement on Oct. 15. An independent audit, along with a federal investigation, revealed money missing from the petty cash fund of Moore Fabrication.

On Oct. 25, authorities announced Reed had been arrested in Longview, TX. She had reportedly been working as a bookkeeper under her own name and Social Security Number.

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