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A former employee of Sonic in Orangeburg must repay the business thousands of dollars after pleading guilty to breach of trust valued over $2,000.

John Oneil Mitchell, 49, of 1547 Kennerly Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty on May 20, according to court documents released this week.

Circuit Judge Maite Murphy sentenced him to three years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.

She gave him credit for having already served 185 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

She ordered him to pay restitution, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Sonic management contacted law enforcement on Dec. 3 to report that $6,000 was missing from the safe.

An employee reported seeing Mitchell walking around the safe during their shift.

The manager didn’t see Mitchell take the $6,000 that was in the safe, but he did provide the business’s surveillance footage to law enforcement.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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