DETROIT (AP) — An employee who stole at least 500 watches from Shinola, a Detroit watch maker, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Judith Walker was a quality inspector at Shinola. She admits stealing and selling watches that were returned for possible repair.

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Her 366-day sentence, ordered Wednesday, will make her eligible for good behavior credits, which will reduce her prison stay. Walker also owes $331,000 in restitution.

In a court filing, Walker’s attorney says she resold watches because she was “financially strapped” while supporting five children. Walker was “deeply ashamed” but needed money.

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Federal prosecutor Andrew Yahkind says Walker saw a weakness at a young company and exploited it.

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