WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) -- A Day County woman has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for embezzling from the Farmers Elevator Co. of Holmquist.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Sherry Markel took more than $400,000 over several years. Defense attorney Curt Ewinger disputes that, estimating the amount at between $100,000 and $125,000.

Markel apologized during her sentencing Wednesday. She also was ordered to pay restitution.

Markel will be eligible for parole after serving 15 months behind bars.

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