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Lee County could drop its case against Rita Crundwell

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(File photo) Rita Crundwell walks away from reporters after she pleads guilty. (File photo) Rita Crundwell walks away from reporters after she pleads guilty.
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(File photo) One of Crundwell's horses up for auction. (File photo) One of Crundwell's horses up for auction.
LEE COUNTY (WREX) -

Questions arise about what will happen with Lee County's case against Rita Crundwell after she gets nearly the maximum sentence for her federal charges. Thursday, a federal judge sentenced the former Dixon comptroller to almost 20 years in prison. Back in September 2012, Lee County filed state charges against Crundwell on 60 counts of theft.

"The main reason why state charges were filed as well was to make sure there was a very serious penalty imposed for her actions. Now that the judge has basically given her the maximum sentence that may help to resolve the state charges," Anna Sacco-Miller, Lee County State's Attorney.

Sacco-Miller say her next step will be to meet with Dixon leaders, who represent the victims, to decide how they want to move forward with the state charges.

"When you are seeking justice sometimes you have to look at the whole picture," says Sacco-Miller. "At the time she would be released she would be 77 years old. She already stolen more than $53 million from our city and our state. Do we want to spend more money to house her until she dies? Or do we want to cut our loses and take a concurrent sentence? Or live with what the federal sentencing guidelines."

Crundwell currently sits in jail awaiting her Lee County case. She is due back in court there on March 4.

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