52-year-old Lawrence Murray from Rochelle entered a guilty plea to violating the State Property Control Act; he admitted taking university property for his own use without proper authorization. He was sentenced to 16 months court supervision; if he complies with the terms, then a conviction won’t be entered into his record.
Murray will also have to pay a fine, and repay $4,000 to the university.
His case came to light in connection with the “coffee fund” matter; this was a private account used to hold university monies…specifically, the proceeds from the sale of recyclable materials belonging to NIU.
Nine persons were originally charged in the case; charges were dropped against six of them, while Murray’s sentence is similar to one handed down to former NIU Vice President Robert Albanese. A final defendant is set to appear in court next month.