I shall try not to be All Sziraki, All The Time over here in future, but I have to pass on this story in the Merced Sun-Star (story moved by Sun-Star-link broken) with the latest update about Kimberly Sziraki because I know how much you all love to hate.
Theft suspect may not get prison time
A probation department pre-plea report states:
…Sziraki, who is married to Merced County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Sziraki, should be granted probation because she doesn't have a previous criminal history.
… was suffering from an addiction to alcohol and a psychological disorder, which may have impaired her judgment when the alleged crime was committed.
…was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, had become overwhelmed at her job and was self-medicating with alcohol.
Sziraki’s attorney, John Garcia, states:
…she doesn't deny the offenses…but also can't remember what she did with the embezzled funds.
"What's the point of throwing her in a cave for five years…This is a life worth salvaging."
[Sziraki] has been in treatment. "She's really cleaned up her act"
The probation department's report is key because the Merced County District Attorney's Office recently offered Sziraki, 44, a plea deal of five years in prison.
Under the terms of the deal, Sziraki would also have to pay restitution costs of $832,000 -- the amount of money she is accused of stealing from a Merced nut-processing plant.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Bacciarini responds:
"I will object to the court's adopting that recommendation, based on the amount taken, sophistication of the crime and the length of time over which the criminal conduct took place"
To read the full article by Victor A. Patton and some really pissed off comments, go to the Sun-Star: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/story/834294.html. (Story moved by Sun-Star-link broken)
People are NOT happy over there.
Hat tip to RW for bringing this article to my attention. If you have a blog, let me know. I will be happy to link to you.