Connelly sentencing next week

Holly Connelly, 30, found guilty May 11 of charges she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club, will be in court for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 27.

    A Holmes Beach police investigation last year into embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, led to Connelly’s arrest.

    Connelly surrendered to authorities in July 2011. She was arrested for scheming to defraud the private club of $387,181.77 and detained at the Manatee County jail on $500,000 bond. She eventually was able to bond out of jail on supervised release.

    But she faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the first-degree felony of defrauding her former employer. She was the bookkeeper for the Holmes Beach club between June 2008 and April 2011.

    Connelly pleaded not guilty in August 2011 and originally demanded a jury trial.

    The State Attorney’s Office of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court said Connelly pleaded no contest in May and the court adjudicated the embezzlement charges with a finding of guilt.

    Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug will preside over the sentencing at the Manatee County Courthouse, Room 6A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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