JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST
WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The four-year prison sentence given to a three-time forgery convict described by a judge as a "career check passer" was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court of Appeals.
The appeals court said a Crittenden County circuit judge mistakenly found that Teresa Bedford violated the conditions of a ten-year suspended sentence for a forgery conviction by committing another forgery in September 2003.
The appeals court reversed and dismissed the judge's decision to revoke Bedford's suspended sentence and impose the four-year prison term.
The appeals court said that while the judge may not have reason to believe Bedford's explanation for a check she cashed out at a grocery store on a bank account that turned out to be closed, the state didn't present evidence that the account was closed when Bedford cashed the $1,220 check at the Big Star in West Memphis.