LITTLE ROCK — Former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean was found guilty of six counts of commercial burglary Wednesday and sentenced to three years in prison.
The jury in Gillean’s trial in Van Buren County Circuit Court, where the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity, returned a verdict of guilty on all counts after deliberating for about an hour and a half, according to the circuit clerk’s office.
The jury later decided on a sentence of three years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation, and $35,000 in fines, the Log Cabin Democrat reported. Gillean will be allowed to remain free pending an appeal.
Prosecutors said Gillean gave his master keys to a student, Cameron Stark, so Stark could steal tests. Gillean also has been charged with fraudulent insurance acts and issuing a false financial statement, but he is to be tried on those charges later.
Gillean, who joined UCA in 1996, resigned in June 2012.
He is the most recent of three former UCA officials to face criminal charges in recent years. Former UCA President Lu Hardin pleaded guilty in 2011 to federal wire fraud and money laundering charges and was sentenced to five years of probation, and his successor in the president’s office, Allen Meadors, pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of violating the state Freedom of Information Act and was fined $250.