BLOOMINGTON — The former executive director of Bloomington’s downtown arena was sentenced Monday to 24 months conditional discharge and 100 hours of community service after a jury found him guilty of theft of government funds.
Curtis Webb, 48, was convicted of stealing from then-U.S. Cellular Coliseum, owned by the city of Bloomington. The building now is known as Grossinger Motors Arena.
Assistant State’s Attorney Aaron Hornsby asked that Webb be sentenced to 60 days in jail, receive four years of probation and fined $3,000 — a sentence that “will be necessary to deter others that are placed into a similar situation.”
He also asked that Webb pay $1,149.20 in restitution to VenuWorks, the Iowa-based venue management firm that repaid the city after the theft.
Webb worked for the firm from June 1, 2016, until he was fired in October 2016. It was then that VenuWorks officials discovered personal charges on a debit card tied to the operating expenses of the arena.
Defense attorney Shaun Cusack said, “Jail shouldn’t be in the cards” for Webb, because the last three years have been punishment enough.
He asked that Webb pay the recommended restitution and, if jail time or fines were necessary, they should be minimal.
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In addition to the conditional discharge and community service to be completed within six months, Judge William Yoder issued a $75 fine and ordered Webb to pay $1,149.20 in restitution.
With conditional discharge, Webb will report to a probation officer to ensure he completes his community service. The sentence is considered less severe than probation, Cusack said.
The defense attorney said Webb was happy with the results of the hearing.
“The judge knows he’s a good guy, and I’m glad that part got across,” he said.
Cusack said he will consider pursuing expungement for Webb's felony record and appealing the sentence.