Beginning Thursday, Sally Symons will begin serving her 270-day sentence for misappropriation of government funds during her tenure as chief executive officer for the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

Superior Court Judge Dean Stout handed down the sentence, part of Symons’ agreed disposition, Monday at the Bishop Courthouse. Symons has already paid the $9,860 restitution.

She will be on formal probation for five years during which time she will not be allowed on the Fairgrounds or to handle money of third parties without her probation officer’s permission.

Symons pled guilty to a felony violation of Penal Code 424 January 25 following an investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit.

She issued a letter of apology in February stating “I am taking responsibility for what I have done and will pay my due for those actions.

– Deb Murphy

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