Outcome of Moss’ hearing unclear

Published 12:24 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of property for his role in the theft of funds from the Town of River Falls had a probation hearing yesterday, but the outcome has not been disclosed.



Richard Moss, 49, in May pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of property I and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently. Moss, who was represented by David Baker, remained free on bond pending the outcome of yesterday’s probation hearing.

Moss was in the courthouse, and met with his attorney and attorneys for the state in Judge Lex Short’s chambers. Assistant District Attorney Emmett Massey, who assisted in the prosecution, told a reporter for this newspaper that there would not be a hearing, but that the district attorney’s office would notify local media of the judge’s order.

When The Star-News went to press at midnight, it had not received that requested information.

Then-River Falls Mayor Mary Hixon, with whom Moss lived at the time, also was charged in the 2012 case. Mrs. Hixon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution. She died last year.