Former Iowa music teacher gets probation for theft

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Sioux City high school teacher has been given probation and a suspended prison sentence for stealing band instruments.

Forty-year-old Kevin Massey, of Sergeant Bluff, was sentenced on Thursday to three years of probation and five years in prison, suspended. He’d pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors lowered the charge.

Massey has resigned from his job as band director at North High School and has paid $5,000 to the school district for the instruments. He still must make restitution totaling more than $13,000 to three pawn shops.

He said he intended to buy back the instruments, which he took to get money for his gambling debts.

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