Shawn Michael Stack of Devils Lake pleaded guilty Monday to misapplication of entrusted property, a class A felony.

Shawn Michael Stack of Devils Lake pleaded guilty Monday to misapplication of entrusted property, a class A felony.

Stack, whose father passed away last summer, served as power of attorney for the estate. After the bank handling the funds noted large transactions that apparently raised red flags, an investigation ensued.

Detective Sue Schwab found during the investigation that Stack had made unauthorized transfers and withdrawals from the account in the amount of $88,368, including a $10,000 withdrawal shortly before Stack and his wife took a vacation.

The money was apparently meant for Stack’s mother, who suffers from a disability.

While asking for a one year prison term in the Department of Corrections, Ramsey County state’s attorney Lonnie Olson indicated that the sentence would send a message.

“We can not tolerate people taking advantage of vulnerable adults,” Olson said.

Stack disputed the amount in question, claiming that some of the money was used in the interest of caring for his mother.

However, he acknowledged wrongdoing during the proceedings.

“There were some things I did that were not in my mother’s interest,” Stack said.

Stack’s mother, who is supported solely by Social Security income, took the stand on her son’s behalf. She asked the court for leniency, saying that restitution would be sufficient.

“I don’t want to see my son  in jail,” Stack said.

Judge Lee Christofferson ultimately decided to sentence Stack to a suspended five-year sentence and three years of supervised probation. Stack will also have to pay back the misapplied funds which remain in dispute.

A restitution hearing is upcoming, during which Stack will have to prove that not all of the funds were misused. Stack, who appeared without an attorney, claimed that items such as car tires and other purchases benefited his mother.

Christofferson seemed most concerned about Mrs. Stack’s care during sentencing, ordering restitution in the amount of $200 per month.

“I’m most concerned about adequate funds for your mother,” Christofferson said.