Daughter of Park City mayor begins alternative prosecution program
Amy Sutton, a longtime Park City employee and daughter of Mayor Steve Pannell, entered into an alternative prosecution program last week following a guilty plea in connection to charges related to the theft of about $24,000.
Sutton pleaded guilty in February to official misconduct, one of three counts levied against her related to the theft of about $24,000 from Park City, according to court records.
Instead of facing one to three years in prison, Sutton, 50, of Lindenhurst, must apologize, complete community service and pay about $24,000 in restitution. If she completes the program, the felony will be removed from her record.
Going through the program -- which is for first-time, nonviolent offenders -- was part of the deal worked out between former Assistant State's Attorney Fred Day and defense attorney Doug Zeit when Sutton pleaded guilty in February.
The other two charges against her, theft of government property and forgery, were dropped as part of the deal.
Day said at the hearing in February that had Sutton's case gone to trial, Park City officials would have been called to testify that between 2015 and 2018 Sutton used her position as an administrator to write checks to herself.
Pannell, who has been mayor of Park City for 19 years, said in 2018 that his daughter was employed by Park City for 16 years. She has since been fired from her job.
Sutton is scheduled to return to court once in March and again in September for status hearings.