Sally Symons to serve 270-day jail sentence

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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Cross Eyed Bear
Cross Eyed Bear
6 years ago

She signed a “plea agreement” and by doing so she agreed to the deal the DA offered her; she could have demanded a jury trial. I know and have worked with Sally and know that she must be suffering a great deal right now; she has been publicly humiliated and… Read more »

Rick OB
Rick OB
6 years ago

AGREED to go to jail ? AGREED to a long term of probation ? When you are a defendant in a criminal case , found guilty, and are sentenced, you’re not agreeing to anything . You do exactly what the judge says or you get in even MORE trouble. And… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick OB

Rick, I’m not trying to defend Sally here, but she did publicly admit and apologize for her actions on this site. That is the only time I ever heard a person do that before their sentence.

Cris
Cris
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick OB

It amazes me that people think this woman should be locked up for years. You’re exactly the problem with the justice system and should all be ashamed of yourselves. You’re probably the same types that think people found in possession of marijuana should be locked up as well. She fully… Read more »

roger
roger
6 years ago
Reply to  Cris

Cris–I totally agree- I also keep remembering joe walker and

that fiasco for justice.

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
6 years ago
Reply to  roger

Joe Walker’s sentence was typical for his crime, probably even on the high end. White people’s crime tends to have less harsh sentences. But if your victim is white, young, and rich, that works opposite. Ms. Symonds sentence is also probably on the high side, on a State wide basis.… Read more »

Cross Eyed Bear
Cross Eyed Bear
6 years ago

@ Rick OB – “Shame” on Zena for defending someone who has admitted guilt, repaid her debt, publicly apologized, and agreed to go to jail and serve a long period of probation? Guess you – and your ilk – have an issue with the basic tenets of Christianity, which I… Read more »

Rick OB
Rick OB
6 years ago

Shame on you for defending her…maybe if she would have considered the consequences her actions would have on her family and friends, she never would have committed these crimes in the first place. Since the money has been re-paid already, she obviously didn’t need it.

Zena Bradley
Zena Bradley
6 years ago

Too harsh, Sally is a valuable person who is part of the fabric of the Owens Valley, shame on you mean spirited people.

Jenn Mately
Jenn Mately
6 years ago

270 days is nothing for what she did.

Reality Check
Reality Check
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Mately

Ms. Symons will only serve half the sentenced time, so actual time served will be 135 days.

Zachariah Quintana
Zachariah Quintana
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Mately

@Jenn Mately
Please look up quantify, apply it to your statement and kindly reply…..it’s ok you need to look it up;)

Crime Doesn't Pay
Crime Doesn't Pay
6 years ago

Quantify meaning expressing or measuring the quantity of. As in 270 days is NOT long enough considering how grievously Sally took advantage of the Tri County Fairgrounds and our community by committing the same crime that her direct predecessor was convicted of. As in 270 days is not enough time… Read more »

Zachariah Quintana
Zachariah Quintana
6 years ago

Excellent you looked it up….yes as a measurement. Now go look up her direct predecessor (I think you’ll be surprised)…all I’m asking for is a numerical breakdown of the claim that 270 days is too few…..please again quantify, hold the conjecture.

Wondering
Wondering
6 years ago

@Zach do you feel better TRYING to make people feel dumb? Most people stopped talking to people like that in the 8th grade. Didn’t work. @CDP agreed, unfortunately this was a crime…a crime against all of us. And knowing the business the way I do, if we know someone has… Read more »

Zachariah Quintana
Zachariah Quintana
6 years ago
Reply to  Wondering

If I’ve made anybody feel dumb about pontificating they have my sincerest apologies…..I simply was looking to be enlightened….I also don’t intend to make anybody feel like a coward by suggesting they use their real names as opposed to what they believe to be clever handles when chiming in.

Wondering
Wondering
6 years ago

Oh Zach…just the response I figured you would give…lol….typical ha ha ha

Zachariah Quintana
Zachariah Quintana
6 years ago

@wondering
Typical of? Please madam/sir attach your name to your response.

Cris
Cris
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Mately

Yeah, lets make her serve more time for a non-violent crime, even after she admitted to it and paid the money back. Thank god you’re not involved in the system. Attitudes like yours is exactly the reason our prison system and justice system is a joke in this country. If… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Mately

Bernie Madoff got 270 days for every ~90 mil he stole and he hasn’t paid everything back.