Three defendants pleaded guilty in separate cases Wednesday in the 266th Judicial District Court after reaching plea agreements with the state.

Judith Kathleen White pleaded guilty to theft of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 and was given 5-years deferred adjudication.

White, 45, is accused of stealing nearly $6,000 from a Stephenville Texan Shell she managed last year. Authorities said the gas stationís district manager reported in October that White failed to make four bank deposits. White initially claimed to investigators that the money had been stolen after she laid it on a bathroom counter, but it was later determined that she had taken it.

According to the terms of her plea deal, White was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and pay restitution and court costs.

Matthew Lee Taylor also pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a prohibited firearm and Richard Gregory Wade pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine.

Taylor was given a seven year probated sentence to the Texas Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Wade, who has two previous felony drug convictions, was sentenced to 17 months in the state jail facility.

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