Former Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez, at left, received a 2 year, 8 month prison sentence, while Former Assessor taxpayer Advocate Greg Advocate, on the right, received 4 months of home detention. Both men were accused of virtually the same offenses.
Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.
Speaking of no justice.
Friday’s plea deal between the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office and defendant Gregory Eyler depicts a stark reality when prosecutions turn political in nature.
The move avoids a jury trial originally set for January 30, 2012.
Two cases originating out of misconduct under former Assessor Bill Postmus end with wildly different outcomes.
A testament to abuse of the system.
Eyler, was allowed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor county of filing a false claim. He will serve 120-days in monitored home detention and also serve 1-year probation.
Another former Assessor employee, Rex Gutierrez, was convicted at a jury trial and sentenced to a prison term of 2-years and 8-months.
Both men were charged with essentially the same offenses. Those being grand theft and filing a false claim.
Gutierrez, who is still in state prison, resigned from the Rancho Cucamonga City Council upon his conviction.
The settlement with Eyler alleviates the necessity of Postmus having to testify as a witness for the prosecution at trial.
The only remaining cases where Postmus’ testimony is needed are that of High-Desert developer John Defazio and the Colonies conspiracy case.
Defazio, who has refused all plea offers, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 26, 2012 to cross-examine witnesses.