The former band director at Sioux City North High School 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 a five year suspended prison sentence.
Massey had pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors lowered the charge. He resigned from his job as band director at North High and has paid $5,000 restitution to the school district for the instruments.
Massey must still make restitution totaling more than $13,000 to three pawn shops. Massey told police he intended to buy back the instruments, which he sold to the pawn shops to get money for his gambling debts.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City