– 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
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.
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.
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… Read more »
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.
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.
You hurt my feelings Lower Inyo!
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… Read more »
lLow-Inyo, I brought most of this criticism on myself. I just hope people think twice before they lead people to the gallows.
trouble- you are absolutely right. non violent offenders should not spend a day in jail. Community service is a much better alternative.
Possibly, so long as restitution plus court expenses, plus damages are paid in full.
….And then,they’ll fire their lawyers and get ANOTHER delay deep into 2017…
I hope people consider these folks have families and kids before they prejudge them to harshly.
Trouble…SURELY you jest ! I’m hoping this is another one of your sarcastic comments. ALL criminals have families .
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!
@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????
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… Read more »
I’m willing to bet the Rossy “court date” will be delayed or postponed untill AT LEAST mid to late 2016.
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.
How about the Marsh case. Seems like that was swept under the carpet??
My thoughts exactly @Indy Resident…..must have been a large broom.
In reference to the Rossy”s…”Tis a poor thing to fear the inevitable”. Raf Covington,1881
Thank you, Sierra Wave, for keeping us informed about these cases, especially the Rossy’s.