Man who took money from food bank denied parolePosted on December 28

2007-12-28T00:00:00Z Man who took money from food bank denied parolePosted on December 28The Associated Press The Associated Press
December 28, 2007 12:00 am  • 

GREAT FALLS - A Great Falls man who was sentenced to prison in March 2003 for embezzling $121,000 from a food bank was denied parole Friday.

The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole voted 3-0 to keep Alan Reavley behind bars, during a hearing at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. Under the decision, Reavley will not receive another parole hearing for five years.

Six of Reavley's family members attended the hearing and told board members that if Reavley was released, he would be able to repay the food bank.

But the board described Reavley's crime as "heinous" and said he stole from the poor to "line his own pockets," the Great Falls Tribune reported on its Web site.

Reavley pleaded guilty to five felonies in connection with money he took while he was director of the Great Falls Community Food Bank.

District Judge Thomas McKittrick rejected an initial plea agreement that recommended 13 years, and instead sentenced him to 25 years. A three-judge panel later reduced Reavley's sentence to 20 years.

In February 2004, McKittrick found Reavley not guilty of killing grocer Jim Arrotta and his wife, Lois, in 1964. The judge determined there was no physical evidence linking Reavley to the murders, which happened at a grocery store where Reavley worked when he was in high school.

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