2 get probation for stealing from Toys for Tots


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A father and son have been sentenced to probation for stealing thousands of dollars from a Marine Corps Toys for Tots program in central Kentucky.

Media outlets report 52-year-old Rusty Gaines and his 32-year-old son, Josh Gaines, were sentenced Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court for their guilty pleas to theft by unlawful taking.

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Marine Corps League Frankfort Commandant Joel Jennings says $40,000 was taken. He called the sentencings “a joke and waste of time.”

Defense attorney Andrew Bowker says Rusty Gaines has paid more than $14,000 in restitution.

A judge told prosecutors and Bowker to submit a final restitution proposal within 60 days.

The elder Gaines was the Frankfort League’s treasurer until being replaced in 2014. Rusty and Josh Gaines were removed as Marine Corps League members.

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