Friday, October 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Mistrial, then plea deal in Fourth and Hope theft case

By
From page A1 | July 30, 2014 |

JullLeonaW

Leona Jull. Courtesy photo

WOODLAND — A day after a mistrial was declared in her grand theft case, the former executive director of Woodland’s Fourth & Hope homeless shelter avoided a second trial by pleading no contest to the charge.
Leona Jull, 47, had been accused of using the nonprofit service agency’s credit cards and checks to make more than $32,000 worth of personal expenditures over a two-year period. Jurors deliberated over a three-day period but declared themselves hopelessly deadlocked Tuesday, with half the panel voting to convict.
The case was ordered back to Yolo Superior Court this morning, where Jull entered a plea agreement in which she would admit to the grand theft charge, which Judge David Rosenberg reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
“I feel under the circumstances this will be a fair resolution,” Rosenberg said, citing Jull’s lack of a prior criminal record, her years of service with Fourth & Hope — formerly known as the Yolo Wayfarer Center — and the agency’s lack of written policies and procedures for use of company credit cards.
Jull is expected to receive probation at her sentencing hearing on Aug. 29. Rosenberg also said he anticipates ordering her to pay about $2,500 in restitution for nine of the allegedly fraudulent purchases, including cell phone and satellite TV service as well as a furniture set that police found in her Arbuckle living room.
Testifying in her own defense last week, Jull had characterized the purchases she made as either legitimate business-related expenditures — such as gas and restaurant meals — or “mistakes” for which she reimbursed Fourth & Hope, which provides food, shelter and other services to the homeless.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McHugh, who prosecuted the case and was prepared to try it a second time, objected today to the decision to reduce the felony grand theft charge.
“This defendant was given a position of incredible trust … and with that she decided she wasn’t going to put in place procedures that would prevent the theft she was committing,” McHugh said in court. “The violation of that trust is not a misdemeanor, in the people’s view.”
Robbin Coker, Jull’s defense attorney, disagreed. “The court has it right,” she said.
Jurors had the option of convicting Jull of a lesser crime, such as misdemeanor petty theft, but in order to do that would have had to acquit her of the felony grand theft count. Instead, jurors were evenly split 6-6 on that charge.
After briefly leaving the courtroom Tuesday to discuss whether additional arguments by the attorneys would help them reach a unanimous decision, the jury returned with grim news.
“With the exception of (hearing) new substantial evidence, I think we’re currently at an impasse,” the foreman reported. With that, a mistrial was declared and the panel dismissed.

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    A-Z: Downtown Davis is the place to celebrate

    By Kimberly Yarris | From Page: C1

     
    Courageous Thompson tapped for cycling shrine

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    UC researchers: How low-water can our landscapes go?

    By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Testimony begins in Winters murder trial

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Hong Kong protesters to vote on staying in streets

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Host families needed for students and teachers from Mexico

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Halloween Dance set Friday for teens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Yoga and chanting workshop planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Downtown menu: coffee, boba tea, dessert

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: C3

     
    Can you give them a home?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Homeopathy at Home’ program planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Celebrate origami at Davis library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Garden sale and open house features water-wise demos

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C4

    Meet Poppenga at dog park Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Day of the Dead folk art class set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Flea Market planned Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Enjoy A Taste of Capay at historic ranch

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Red-hot tunes set at Blues Harvest

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Learn how to fill a cornucopia with flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Video highlights Props. 1 and 2

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Bay Bridge art project needs $4 million to keep shining

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Weir honored, a year early

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    For a good cause

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A6

    Americans, internationals make connections

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Explorit: Poison-proof your home with free lecture

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6

    Sutter auxiliary seeks volunteers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    School board hopefuls discuss homework policy

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

    Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Project Linus seeks donations

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Forum

    The magic is long gone

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Subs have other concerns

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    What’s next with Ebola?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    More theories on the abstention

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Rights beget responsibilities

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Water returns to its source

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    A solution to the drought

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Experience nature’s treasures

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Aggies expect a bonny meeting in Sacramento

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DHS footballers take on Pleasant Grove

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Bye No. 2 comes at perfect time for nicked-up UCD

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Shhh. Are Aggie women BWC’s best-kept secret?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Bump, set, playoffs: Blue Devil girls clinch spot in postseason

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Preseason awards roll in for Aggie hoopster Hawkins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sharks suffer from road woes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    DMTC plans ‘My Fair Lady’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to perform

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Calling all artists for upcoming show

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘St. Vincent:’ Quite a character

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Rumpledethumps to play at Village Homes Performers’ Circle

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

     
    Car Care: Five things to ask yourself when shopping for a new vehicle

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

    .

    Obituaries

    Lewis Melvin Dudman

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Ann Foley Scheuring

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, October 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B3