Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Leary trial reset for Sept. 14

by Tom Nadeau

The trial of former Sacramento County sheriff’s Lt. Michael P. Leary’s was again postponed by Sacramento County Superior Court judge Wednesday.

Pleading “scheduling problems,” prosecution and defense attorneys joined in asking Judge Gary Ransom to put the trial off until Sept. 14. Another pre-trial meeting will be held Sept. 8.

Both Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina and defense attorney William Portanova said negotiations between the two sides were not a factor in the request for a delay.

However, each would not discount the possibility that some sort of out of court resolution to the long-running case might be reached.

Love, loot lost ...

The 49-year-old Leary is charged with four fraud-related counts, all of which stem from a property transfer dispute connected with a challenged transfer of title for a $610,000 residence at 3301 Marina Cove Circle, Elk Grove.

Leary was arraigned in October 2009 on charges of grand theft fraud and forgery related to the title transfer between himself and his former girlfriend Alyc K. Maselli in 2006.

If convicted in People v. Leary, #09F07685, Leary is looking at a possible 12 years in state prison and a fine of up to $75,000. He currently remains free on bail.

A 27-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, Leary resigned from a high-ranking post when he was arrested. Leary was also an Elk Grove city councilman for several years. He was an Elk Grove community services director before that.
He and Maselli were reportedly planning marriage, but their dreams of bliss seemingly dissolved during a 2008 banking dispute, documents indicate.

Leary’s attorney, William Portanova of Sacramento, has characterized the couple’s present mise-en-scène as the sort of unfortunate misunderstanding that can crop up when coup-les try to manage their own division of property during a marital break-up without a lawyer.


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