10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 1, 2011

BY RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Five relatives of defendants in the San Jacinto corruption case pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Thursday for receiving illegal repayments for campaign contributions made in 2007, then lying about it to a grand jury two years later.

Each entered pleas before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michele Levine. Two were sentenced immediately and three will hear their terms on Oct. 14.

All of the resolutions were the result of plea bargains.

Admitting their roles were John Richard Gehrum, brother of corruption case indictee Nancy Jo Ayres, and Carol Ann Gehrum, Nancy Ayres’ mother.

They are also the brother-in-law and mother-in-law of former San Jacinto City Council member and state Assembly candidate Jim Ayres, who was named in the corruption indictment along with his wife, Nancy, a former San Jacinto Unified School District board member.

Also pleading was Christopher Ray Mason, nephew of former San Jacinto city council member John Mansperger; Marcia Lynn Mathews, John Mansperger’s sister; and her husband and Mansperger’s brother-in-law, Kirk William Mathews.

One remaining defendant, Shanda Lynn Mansperger, wife of John Mansperger, will enter a plea today .

Jim and Nancy Ayres, along with John Mansperger, are among the defendants in the separate corruption case.

The Gehrums were each sentenced immediately to 120 days in the sheriff’s work-release program. They will report Sept. 20.

Carol Gehrum will also pay a fine that includes the $800 she illegally contributed, and John Gehrum will pay a fine of $500 of the $2,300 he contributed, under terms of the agreement announced in court. Both are on three years’ summary probation.

Marcia and Kirk Mathews each face a possible maximum of 150 days in the work-release program when they are sentenced next month. Marcia agreed to pay a fine that includes $2,800; Kirk, a fine of $2,500.

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