Updates on Inyo County court cases: Chavez, Rossy

– Inyo County District Attorney press release

An Inyo jury found Bishop area resident Tashina Chavez guilty of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury.  The jury also found to be “true” a special allegation that Ms. Chavez personally inflicted great bodily injury.  The verdicts followed a four day jury trial that commenced on June 8, 2015.


The offense occurred on June 9, 2014.

The case is now set for sentencing in Independence on July 7, 2015 in Independence.  Chavez is facing up to seven years in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Turner following an investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.


Kenneth and Dawndee Rossy will go to trial this fall on charges of embezzling $1.5 million from the Inyo county Department of Health and Human Services.

Appointed Judge Phillip Argento set the court date, Oct. 27 in Independence, at the couple’s court appearance last Friday. The Rossys were arrested two years ago on 44 felony counts including the primary embezzlement charge.

The Rossys have been out on bail since April 17, 2013.

– Deb Murphy

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24 Responses to Updates on Inyo County court cases: Chavez, Rossy

  1. Charles O. Jones June 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Bernie Madoff had a family. Kenneth Lay from Enron had a family. Both were non-violent criminals. Community service alone doesn’t cut it IMO.

    Those committing the crimes are the ones who have ignored the impacts on the families.

  2. Low-Inyo June 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    allen and trouble….Let’s run a scenario by the two of you and let us all know what you think….One of these non-violent offenders that shouldn’t spend time in jail,what if they plan a burglary,break into a house late night thinking no one is home….but surprise !!!…someone is there,and confronts them,things go side-ways and either the homeowner or the offender gets seriously injured or worse….Either way how that plays out,should the burglar get community service for his actions and no jail time….or should the case go to civil court since it started out as a “non-violent crime ?…..or should the homeowner be blamed and charged or sued for his actions ?

    • Trouble June 24, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      Low-Inyo- you got a lot of” what if” arguments. Our prison system is over flowing with non-violent “what ifs”.

      To answer your question, I think breaking into someones house should be considered a violent crime. But, i don’t think a eighteen year old stealing a six pack from Von’s should be charged with burglary. Which has happened.

      • Low-Inyo June 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

        Trouble…The ONLY way anyone could be charged with burglary for stealing a six-pack of beer from Von’s is if the store was closed at the time and he broke in……which would be burglary.

        • Rick O'Brien June 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

          Wrong, lowyo…entering a structure with the intent to commit theft or any felony is burglary. The dummie must have had NO money on him and admitted he went in to steal beer. He had the intent BEFORE he entered (and they can prove it) or he would be facing shoplifting only . If they really wanted to pile on, they could charge him with minor in possession of alcohol,too.

          • Wondering June 26, 2015 at 8:11 am #

            Sounds to me like the cops and the Judge must have “known” this kid from previously interactions. And I would think they are trying to “teach the kid a lesson” so he doesn’t go on further with his criminal activities.

          • Low-Inyo June 26, 2015 at 11:32 am #

            Correct Rick O’Brian…..Looked it up after I posted…..The stupid kid “Trouble” mentioned probably did as you say….going into a market to steal alcohol with no money in his pocket.Let’s hope with that heavy charge he’ll learn a lesson and quit stealing….nothing worse than a young thief.

          • Trouble June 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

            You hurt my feelings Lower Inyo!

          • Low-Inyo June 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

            Trouble…Didn’t want to hurt your feelings….Thing is,if someone doesn’t want to maybe get a burglary charge for trying to steal something,best thing to do is don’t try to steal something…and the way the law is written,if you do steal and get caught,make sure you got money in your pocket…young thieves usually turn into older thieves….and a burden on society.

          • Trouble June 28, 2015 at 11:21 am #

            lLow-Inyo, I brought most of this criticism on myself. I just hope people think twice before they lead people to the gallows.

  3. allen June 23, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    trouble- you are absolutely right. non violent offenders should not spend a day in jail. Community service is a much better alternative.

    • easystrider June 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Possibly, so long as restitution plus court expenses, plus damages are paid in full.

  4. Low-Inyo June 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    ….And then,they’ll fire their lawyers and get ANOTHER delay deep into 2017…

    • Trouble June 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

      I hope people consider these folks have families and kids before they prejudge them to harshly.

      • Rick O'Brien June 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

        Trouble…SURELY you jest ! I’m hoping this is another one of your sarcastic comments. ALL criminals have families .

        • Trouble June 18, 2015 at 6:24 am #

          I’m totally serious. That’s the way my mind works. I could be 0 for 80 here and still see nothing wrong with it!

          • Wondering June 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

            @Trouble…the people they stole from are “you and me”…..and “I” have a family. They took from my pocket as far as I’m concerned, and I don’t use that program. Stealing is stealing…Do you not believe that????

          • Trouble June 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

            wondering-I don’t see anything wrong with having sympathy for their families, and I don’t think locking people up for non-violent crimes protects me in any way. So, nope! I don’t believe that.
            Now, we’re going pay a half million dollars to lock them up ( at least). And they will never be able to pay back what they are accused of stealing.

  5. Low-Inyo June 17, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    I’m willing to bet the Rossy “court date” will be delayed or postponed untill AT LEAST mid to late 2016.

  6. earl duran June 17, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    what a sham these fools ought be in custody, the Rossy stole a lot of Tax Payer money, are
    they being monitiered everyday, concerned tax payer.

  7. Indy Resident June 17, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    How about the Marsh case. Seems like that was swept under the carpet??

    • Wondering June 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      My thoughts exactly @Indy Resident…..must have been a large broom.

  8. Rick O'Brien June 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    In reference to the Rossy”s…”Tis a poor thing to fear the inevitable”. Raf Covington,1881

  9. chris June 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you, Sierra Wave, for keeping us informed about these cases, especially the Rossy’s.


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