By Doug Ireland
---- — BRENTWOOD — A longtime Derry transfer station employee will spend a year behind bars for stealing more than $12,000 in town money.
Daniel Hagerty, 75, of 139 Rockingham Road, Unit 2, pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge Thursday in Rockingham Superior Court.
Judge Marguerite Wageling sentenced Hagerty to 12 months in the county jail, according to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams.
Hagerty also was ordered to pay $12,713 in restitution for the money he took.
If convicted at trial, Hagerty faced seven and half to 15 years in state prison. The prosecution recommended Hagerty receive three to six years in prison, Reams said.
Hagerty, who worked for the town for 12 years, was arrested by Derry police on Aug. 5, 2013, after turning himself in on a warrant. Police were first notified of thefts at the transfer station in June, according to Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas.
Public works supervisors and the town’s information technology department noticed discrepancies in transfer station scale receipts. Hagerty was assigned to operate the scales and accept payments.
It was discovered that transactions were deleted from the receipts and the money from those transactions was missing, Thomas said.
Hagerty had been free on $2,500 personal recognizance prior to his sentencing.