A former South Jordan city councilman who pleaded guilty to charges of stealing funds from his insurance business was given probation Friday.

Ronald V. Twitchell pleaded guilty to one second-degree felony charge and one third-degree felony charge in a plea arrangement in which 30 other related counts were dismissed.During the sentencing, 3rd District Judge James Sawaya told Twitchell he was perplexed as to what to do. He said his decision was largely influenced by the strong support shown by family members and the community.

Twitchell will serve 18 months on probation during which he must also pay a $2,500 fine and a 25 percent state imposed surcharge on the fine. He must also render 400 hours community service. Sawaya also ordered Twitchell to make restitution on all 34 counts in an amount do be determined by the Utah Adult Probation and Parole office.

Failure to meet the probation requirements will result prison terms of 1-15 years on the second degree felony and 0-5 years on the third degree felony, terms that were stayed in lieu of the probation arrangement.