Update on Inyo County court cases

By Deb Murphy

DAWNDEE ROSSY: Originally slated for October 20, the sentencing of Dawndee Rossy will be handed down at 9 a.m., December 14 at the Independence Courthouse. The delay was due to appointed Judge Philip Argento’s schedule, according to County District Attorney Tom Hardy.

Rossy was found guilty on 91 charges on August 15; the primary charge was embezzlement of $1.5 million from Inyo’s Department of Health and Human Services where she worked as a supervisor.
Her husband, Ken Rossy’s trial on charges related to the case will start that same day.

ANTHONY SHAPERA: Anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Shapera’s preliminary hearing was continued last week. Shapera was arrested on multiple gun charges April 27, then re-arrested on similar charges in July. Currently out on bail, he and his attorney are reviewing settlement options, according to Hardy. Under a restraining order, Shapera has surrendered his weapons.

RAYMOND BENCOMA: Arrested on four counts of assaulting an officer with a firearm, Raymond Bencoma is due in court November 1 for arraignment on additional charges.
Bencoma was returned to Inyo County from a Reno, Nevada hospital September 19 following an officer-involved shooting in Bishop August 26. “A trial date should be set at the hearing,” stated Hardy in an e-mail, “unless he asks to postpone…. We are preparing to try the case.”

RYAN SHAY: The cause of a campus shut-down at Bishop High on September 29, Ryan Shay is serving a 90-day sentence in Inyo County jail on charges of resisting and delaying peace officers. Initially, the Bishop Police Department responded to a call on domestic violence and gun shots.

According to Hardy, “when the dust settled, there was no domestic violence and no gun…. There is no evidence he entered the high school with the intent to do anything other than run away from the police. He wasn’t ‘after’ anyone and didn’t threaten or harm anyone in the school.” Hardy stated the response from the school and Bishop PD was appropriate given the circumstances as they developed.

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4 Responses to Update on Inyo County court cases

  1. John October 28, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    In my opinion, the usual tyrannical behaviour of the local DAs , judges and PD typify the racist and discriminatory biases of most Americans. That behavior is endemic in Inyo county and California.

  2. Pravda Boy October 27, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Wow – contrary to the government’s initial hyperbolic press release, it seems that Ryan Shay:

    committed no domestic violence,

    did not have a gun,

    did not fire any shots,

    wasn’t after anyone,

    didn’t threaten anyone, and

    wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.

    But, predictably, the government – the DA and Bishop police – made NO effort to correct that erroneous and defamatory press release.

    Let this be a reminder: the government does not protect our rights; it abuses them.


  3. mouthpiece October 27, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    I wonder if Mr. Hardy is prepared to try Bencomas case, with the lack of peoples evidence, or should i say the evidence growing in Mr. Bencomas favor?

    • Low Inyo October 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

      yeah,I’m sure the D.A. wants to send the message that no charges to be brought against someone that (allegedly) beats on a woman,flees from the cops,and then draws a weapon on them….yep,nothing wrong with doing that…


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