Late deputy’s fiance gets jail term

WARREN — A former Howland woman was given a 120-day term in jail to begin her three-year probation after being convicted on felony charges for tampering with the retirement fund of her late fiance, a Trumbull County deputy.

Stephanie Bock, 52, who now lives in Florida, appeared for sentencing before Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos, who also ordered Bock to perform 500 hours of community service and pay court costs.

Kontos said after she serves the jail term, Bock will be allowed to do the remainder of probation under Florida authorities.

According to court records, Bock pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to attempted aggravated theft, tampering with records, and unauthorized use of property, i.e. computer cable or telecommunication property or service, and forgery.

Bock’s attorney, Christopher Lacich, said his client regrets tampering with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System account of deputy Anthony Diehl Sr. shortly after his death in February. Lacich said no money was taken.

Lacich said the felony case sidelined Bock’s potential law career, which she pursued after graduating in 2018 from the University of Akron School of Law.

Bock told the judge she is “very sorry” for her actions.


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