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Couple ordered to make $5,000 in restitution for stealing $65k in property from Athens school

Eric Micharl Aguilar

By Joe Johnson

An Oglethorpe County husband and wife who earlier this year were convicted of stealing more than $65,000 in supplies and equipment from W.R. Coile Middle School this week were ordered by a Superior Court judge to each make $2,500 in restitution to the Clarke County School District, according to court records.

Authorities said Eric Michael Aguilar, 30, of Crawford stole the items in the summer of 2018, when he worked at the school as a contractor during building renovations.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the stolen items included 60 new iPads, an ice maker, band instruments, copper wiring, and even a meat slicer from the cafeteria.

As part of a negotiated agreement with prosecutors, Aguilar in April pleaded guilty to two felony theft counts and three misdemeanor theft counts, according to court records. He was sentenced to two years in confinement and 13 years on probation, according to court records.

Sierra Nicole Yuhas

Aguilar’s wife and alleged accomplice in the thefts, 34-year-old Sierra Nicole Yuhas, also entered into a negotiated agreement in which she pleaded guilty to two felony theft counts. She was handed a 10-year sentence, with the first 310 days to be served in confinement and the balance on probation, court records indicate.

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