As we reported Thursday, a former Ira ISD Superintendent has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and faces a stiff sentence for the charge.
Larry Devitt, former Superintendent of Ira ISD, was accused of embezzling more than $13,000 of federal money and using district funds to pay it back but he accepted a plea deal on a mail fraud charge and could face up to 20 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.
He was superintendent of Ira ISD for about five years.
On Thursday, Larry Devitt pleaded guilty in a case that's spanned five years.
Alleged embezzlement of $13,438 in federal money which prosecutors said Devitt used for personal purchases.
Devitt talked to us but told us he was instructed by his attorney not to speak on camera until after his sentencing.
His wife, Linda, also declined to speak on camera but she did tell us she wasn't happy with the district's treatment of her husband.
Current district leaders were out of town, however Dennis Taylor, who serves on the district's board, and was the board's president during Devitts term, says he's glad to see the case moving forward.
Current board president, Shawn McCowen, says the district usually has about $3 million dollars in it's general fund and that the amount Devitt is accused of embezzling isn't a detrimental loss to Ira ISD.
However he said any loss of district funds is never a good thing.
The district's current Superintendent, Jay Waller, said it isn't the district's position to pass judgement but he acknowledged that the case has been a distraction for the Ira ISD.
Here are the facts on where the case goes from here:
Devitt says he could be sentenced anywhere between six weeks and three months.
As part of accepting a guilty plea for mail fraud, Devitt agreed to surrender his educator certification.
Devitt has not worked in education since his Ira job several years ago.
He currently sells insurance in Sweetwater.