LOS ANGELES (CNS) -
Angela Spaccia, 55, appeared to show no emotion as the verdicts reached by the eight-woman, four-man jury were announced following deliberations that stretched over all or a portion of roughly 10 days. Jurors began deliberating Nov. 22 after hearing about 4 1/2 weeks of testimony and a day-and-a-half of closing arguments.
Spaccia was convicted of conspiracy to misappropriate public funds, four counts of conflict of interest, one count of secretion of an official record and five counts of misappropriation of public funds.
She was acquitted of a single count of secretion of a public record as it pertained to the employment contract of former
The jury foreman said the panel was deadlocked 6-6 on that count.
Despite arguments from defense attorney Harland Braun, Kennedy ordered that Spaccia be taken into custody, and she was handcuffed in court. Her family members wept in court as she was led out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.
“I do think she has had ample time to prepare for this,” Kennedy said.
Sentencing was tentatively set for Jan. 22.
Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett told jurors that “Rizzo stole millions of dollars from the city of
“They broke the law. They stole millions,” Hassett said.
Spaccia was making a base salary of $370,000 that rose to $564,000 annually with vacation and sick pay by 2010, while Rizzo was taking in more than $1 million a year for their work in “a tiny city,” Hassett said.
In his closing argument, Braun acknowledged that Spaccia had been paid too much, but maintained that she was not guilty of any criminal conduct.
“The evidence is only that she was overpaid” but “she never thought anything was illegal,” Braun said.
In a separate trial, five former