OSU Lissman pleads guilty to four counts of second-degree theft

VALE — Oregon State outfielder Mike Lissman pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of second-degree theft for taking nearly $8,000 from an elderly family member.

He was sentenced Monday in Malheur County Circuit Court to 18 months of bench probation and 400 hours of community service. He must also pay restitution to the victim.

Margie Yasuda, 53, Lissman's mother and owner of the Sansei Cafe in Ontario, pleaded guilty to aggravated theft April 10 for stealing money from the family member starting in July 2006.

Lissman told the court the 85-year-old victim, his mother's uncle, gave him checks and a debit card.

"I should not have taken them," he said.

According to police reports, the alleged thefts were exposed through another family member and the victim's bank, which notified authorities about suspicious transactions.

The police report states that the victim had given Yasuda power of attorney over his finances before he entered a hospital for a medical procedure. He ended the arrangement after learning that $36,000 had been spent.

Lissman was charged because of transactions that occurred in Corvallis such as at a bar, gas station, grocery stores, fast-food restaurants and the Oregon State bookstore.

Judge J. Burdette Pratt told Lissman: "You shouldn't take advantage of anyone in this way, especially family members."

Lissman was also ordered to not have contact with his great uncle.

It was not clear if Oregon State would take any action against Lissman. The Beavers, the defending College World Series champions, were headed Wednesday to the NCAA Charlottesville Regional, where they open against Rutgers on Friday.

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