Jeina Hogan was convicted of stealing $18,829 from the bank that employed her and ordered to repay the money over a five-year probation period.
Hogan took the money in a series of thefts from the Wal-Mart branch of Citizens National Bank as a teller in 2005, according to testimony.
Hogan, 22, faced a maximum sentence of two years in state jail after jurors convicted her of theft Thursday evening.
Prosecutor Ryan Locker told jurors in his closing argument Friday morning he was not going to tell jurors what sentence he thought would be appropriate but would trust jurors to do “the right thing.”
“I’d be surprised if you didn’t recommend probation,” Locker told jurors.
Defense attorney Keith Woodley asked jurors to consider probation, saying she has two small children who need her and has the support of friends and family.
Woodley told jurors the offense for which Hogan was convicted was out of character for her.
Jurors deliberated for about 15 minutes before deciding that Hogan should be incarcerated in state jail for a year, but also decided that sentence should be probated. District Judge Steve Ellis, saying he wanted to give her time to pay the restitution, ruled that the probation will extend for five years.
“It’s not just a mistake — it’s a crime,” Ellis told Hogan, also telling her she can be rehabilitated and forgiven and become successful.
Hogan is married to a man named Morsello Hooker, but was referred to throughout the trial by the Hogan name.
Hooker, testifying during the punishment phase of the trial Friday morning, described his wife as a “loving, dedicated, hard-working, strong” mother.
“I love her dearly,” Hooker testified.
Hooker said he is from Dallas and attended Howard Payne University, where he played football. He began dating Hogan and the two were married in 2006, Hooker testified.
He said his wife works at a motel cleaning rooms.