Some are calling for me to apologize for stating Thomas Kent Thornsley was arrested for the theft of campaign signs and that he had around 30 campaign signs in his backyard (which were also stolen).
What they failed to mention (more likely intentionally) was that in my comment I at no time mentioned Mr. Thornsley, I simply used the words an “individual whom I couldn’t remember” and that “his name slipped my mind.” His name came up when another person commenting in the thread (the one I was having a discussion with about allegations of the Baca’s stealing campaign signs, mainly Christopher Baca) that individual is Pam Detterich with a simple reply to me of Tom Thornsley, and I replied back to her with I knew it all the time. The only other person to mention his name was Lindsay Robinson (the one demanding an apology be given to Mr. Thornsley by me)
What they don’t say was my involvement with Mr. Thornsley in this matter, as he reached out to me for help in December of 2013 in an email, that email led to a further conversation over the phone as I needed to know ALL the details in order to see if I could help as well as severity of the situation (as any amount over $950 could bring a grand theft charge, making it more difficult for me to assist him). It was during this conversation he informed me that he walked the police to his back yard near his garage where he had been keeping additional stolen signs and he gave me the number of around 30 over the time, however how can I prove what was said in a phone conversation and one that took place over 7 years ago.
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE:Mr. Thornsley’s charges were dropped through negotiations (Plea Deal of Guilty) with the Riverside Deputy DA and the Public Defender, however it is my understanding that part of that deal was possible restitution to the victim and some form of diversion program. (Who knows, maybe my good word to the DA’s Office helped him after all).
It should be noted that Mr. Thornsley was charged with two separate charges, one for petty theft (PC488) (that could be any number of signs as long as the amount was under the $950 amount), he also had an additional charge of possession of stolen property (PC496 a), this was due to the presence of additional stolen signs on his property and under his control.
It should further be noted that one cannot be charged for both petty theft (PC488) and possession (PC496a) of the same stolen item, they can however be charged by either PC488 or PC496, but not both.
All Filed Court Records Pertaining to This Case are Available Here Below, and Downloadable Versions are Also Available in PDF Format.
Declaration in Support of Arrest Warrant Thomas Kent Thornsley
Misdemeanor Complaint and Notice to Appear Thomas Kent Thornsley
Minute Order of 12-23-2013 Thomas Kent Thornsley pg. 1
Minute Order of 12-23-2013 Thomas Kent Thornsley pg. 2
Misdemeanor Plea Form pg. 1 Thomas Kent Thornsley
Misdemeanor Plea Form pg. 2 Thomas Kent Thornsley
Agreement of Own Recognizance Release Thomas Kent Thornsley
Minute Order of 03-27-2014 Thomas Kent Thornsley
Motion to Dismiss and Order for Dismissal pg. 1 Thomas Kent
Motion to Dismiss and Order for Dismissal pg. 2 Thomas Kent
Regardless of how they or others view this request for an apology for my comment (which mentioned NO name), stealing is stealing, be it one sign or several, and colluding with others to hide and conceal those items of which are stolen or known to be stolen is an addition act of POOR behavior, none of which deserves any such apology. The whole gist of my comment was that ALL sides engaged in the theft of campaign signs and to point the finger at others (who have never been charged or caught stealing signs) is hypocritical at best.
Before you start trashing another persons home, you may want to take a look at your own.