Kingsley woman sentenced in Sioux County for theft

A Kingsley woman has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court for Theft in the First Degree. Sioux County Attorney, Thomas Kunstle, announced that 44 year old Krista Brown of Kingsley, was sentenced for the crime of Theft In The First Degree, a Class C Felony.

This case arose in June of 2023, when an Orange City company contacted the Orange City Police Department reporting that their employee, Krista Brown, used a company credit card without authorization. Further investigation revealed Brown stole over $45,000 making unauthorized purchases from November of 2022 until June of 2023. At the time of the theft, Brown was on probation for a previous felony theft and dependent adult abuse convictions in Plymouth County, resulting in Brown being charged as a habitual offender, having had two prior felony convictions.

On October 9, 2023, the State recommended Brown be sentenced to a 10-year indeterminate prison sentence for the Sioux County conviction to be served after, or consecutive, to Plymouth County’s 15-year sentence. On the same date, the District Court imposed the 10-year prison sentence, but further ordered the sentence be served consecutive to the sentences from Plymouth County.

The Court suspended the criminal fines and gave Brown until October 9 at 3:00 pm to turn herself into the Plymouth County Jail.