“I now am a different person completely … I plead for your mercy to give me a second chance to be the person and the mother that I need to be,” said Trim, who pleaded guilty last November.
Trim and her husband, Terry, urged Judge Thomas Gardner III to hand down a sentence of probation or house arrest. Her attorney, Nick Bain, said she did not act out of malice and that her husband, who has cancer, is dependent upon her job security.
Gardner received a number of letters in support of Trim, and he acknowledged that the Trim family has faced difficult circumstances.
“I’m kind of at a loss to know what to do with this thing,” he said before hearing comments from the Trims and the victim.
On count one of embezzlement, the judge sentenced Trim to 10 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years suspended, leaving five years to serve. He ordered her to pay restitution of $144,080.93 to Robert McKinney, M.D.; $25,000 to Travelers Insurance; and $381 to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department.
On a second count of embezzlement, the judge handed down a 10-year suspended sentence. She must also pay a $1,000 fine and was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.
Trim, who was office manager for Corinth Medical Specialists at the time of the crime, must report to the sheriff on Friday.
Trim was indicted on six counts of embezzlement on Dec. 16, 2011, stemming from money taken from Corinth Medical Specialists from 2008 to 2010. The court has retired the other four counts.
Her former employer, McKinney, addressed the court and asked that she serve time.
He said he helped to take care of ailing family members of Trim while, at the same time, she was stealing money from the office. He described her actions as “cold blooded.”
“My employees feel hurt and betrayed by Donna Trim, who we all trusted,” said McKinney.
He said it continues to create a difficult environment for other employees who know that everything involving money in the office is carefully monitored.
Trim’s husband, Terry, also addressed the court. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 and has undergone three surgeries. The Trims have three children, the youngest of whom will be a junior in high school this year, and their 25th wedding anniversary is coming up on Sunday.
“I want to keep my family together,” he said.
Sentencing had been delayed partly to allow some time for Trim to begin paying restitution. But, as of the sentencing, none of the money has been repaid.
Gardner said the Trims face federal tax liens totaling about $175,000, and “that pretty much shot down any possibility of restitution in this case.”
Terry Trim said their income taxes were not sent in for several years, and the debt snowballed with penalties.
Part of the money Trim took from the medical office was used to pay off their home.
At the time of arrest in May 2011, Donna Trim was 45 and a resident of County Road 420 in the Biggersville community.