Rhonda Osborne, 52, was convicted by a jury in May of two second-degree felonies for larceny and receiving stolen property. Each felony carried a possible nine-year prison sentence.
Rhonda Osborne and her husband, Kenneth Osborne, 62, filed for divorce in 1998 but Kenneth Osborne left his ex-wife's name on a bank account they previously shared, Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said.
In 2010, Osborne withdrew $220,000 from her ex-husband's bank account that had $230,000 in it, according to court documents.
Kenneth Osborne had inherited the money in the account after his father's death in 2003 and was the sole owner of the account, according to the couple's divorce decree.
Rhonda Osborne said she was sick and heavily medicated and spent all the money in 2010. She was charged with two felonies in January 2011, according to court documents.
"I do apologize that this caused so many problems," Rhonda Osborne said to District Judge William Birdsall during the hearing on Monday. "I didn't expect to be here in front you."
She said she suffers from fibromyalgia and spent $40,000 on medical bills, $27,500 on attorney fees, $9,600 on groceries and supplies, $5,000 on bedroom furniture and $3,500 on a riding law mower, among other expenses.
She said she donated $10,000 to neighbors
The list of expenses she provided the judge totaled about $182,000.
"I don't see trips to Caribbean, I don't see lavish expenditures," Birdsall said. "I see someone who is spending mostly for severe medical and psychiatric problems for her and her family."
There is an going civil case over the missing money between the Osbornes. It's unclear how much money will be returned to Kenneth Osborne.
"She'll try to pay back what she can," Steven Murphy, Rhonda Osborne's attorney, said.
Capshaw recommended during the hearing Osborne be sentenced to nine years in prison.
"The only reason for incarceration would be for purposes of punishment," Birdsall said. "She has no prior criminal record and I would be willing to bet she has no future criminal record."
Birdsall sentenced her to two nine-year prison sentences that would run consecutively, but he suspended the prison sentences in favor of probation.
Kenneth Osborne, who owns Osborne's Industrial Engines with his brothers, said he was busy working and didn't speak at his ex-wife's sentencing hearing.
"She stole $219,000 and got away with it, basically," he said Monday night. "I appreciate the (court's time) but probation doesn't seem fair. Almost a quarter of a million dollars is gone."