TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 24, 2012

Former Sevier County Court Clerk Joe Thomas Keener, who admitted stealing nearly $100,000 from the county, avoided jail time Wednesday by pleading guilty to theft and official misconduct charges. He received a suspended 10-year prison sentence that he'll serve on supervised probation. He also is required to repay $14,109 in restitution for an audit conducted by Sevier County and complete 500 hours of community service. Keener, who has already repaid all of the money he stole from the county, resigned in August 2010 after holding the elected position for more than 18 years, the News Sentinel reports.