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MARLINTON -

A former prosecuting attorney in Pocahontas County found herself on the wrong side of the courtroom Friday.

Donna Price served as the county's prosecuting attorney from 2008 until 2012 when she was not re-elected for a second term.

On April first of this year, Price was indicted by a grand jury on an embezzlement charge.

According to the indictment, Price left her office on December 31, 2012 and took with her a number of items that belonged to the county.


Some of those items include Ipad's, law books, furniture, and computer accessories... the total value is estimated more than $3,800.

People in Marlinton said they're happy to see her being prosecuted.

"I'm glad to see that the law reaches out to all and just because you're in a position of authority doesn't mean the law doesn't reach out and get you too," said Della Fleury.

Because the defendant spent such a long time working closely with everyone in the Pocahontas County court system, a special prosecutor and a special judge have been appointed to the case.

Price was also charged by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board back in 2011 after two Pocahontas County Circuit Court Judges filed complaints saying she made questionable decisions and did not do the jobs assigned to her.

After being asked how she thinks the community will respond to this, Fleury told 59 News, "Some people will always believe she is not guilty but others are going to believe she definitely was."

Because the items stolen total more than $1,000, Price is facing a felony charge.  If found guilty, she'll serve anywhere from 1 to 10 years in prison.

Price will be back in court in July for a pre-trial hearing.  She was released on a personal recognizance bond - meaning if she fails to appear in court, she will be facing an additional felony and will be sent straight to prison.