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Sentencing delayed for former deputy on embezzlement charges
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Sentencing delayed for former deputy on embezzlement charges

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BLOOMINGTON — The sentencing for a former McLean County deputy who admitted stealing about $100,000 from the union representing deputies was delayed until Friday because a judge was unavailable for Tuesday's hearing.

Jay Hobson, 38, of Bloomington pleaded guilty in October to taking the money during his tenure as treasurer for the McLean County Deputies Fraternal Order of Police No. 176. He resigned in August 2014 after the money was reported missing by union officials.

Hobson prayed with about 20 supporters in the hallway outside the courtroom ahead of the anticipated hearing that could result in a prison term of four to 15 years. Probation also is an option.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Administrator William Scanlon told the large group of spectators in the courtroom that Judge Michael Stroh was unable to attend the hearing.

Hobson will be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Several law enforcement officers are expected to testify for the state.

The theft took place between Nob. 2, 2011, and July 28, 2014, according to charges.

The theft created a hardship for several local charities that rely on the county police union for assistance. The Baby Fold and Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County missed substantial donations during the 2014 holiday season.

The union was able to replenish its coffers and provide help to the organizations last year.

Follow Edith Brady-Lunny on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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