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Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva sentenced, accepts plea deal

The former mayor of Stockton will stay out of jail if he completes an alternative work program.

STOCKTON, California — A seemingly upbeat Anthony Silva left a Stockton courtroom at San Joaquin County Superior Court without comment this morning.

His sentence included 90 days in jail, over $19,000 in restitution to a kids charitable organization and three years probation.

However, jail time will be dismissed if he completes 45 days of the San Joaquin County Sheriff Office's alternative work program, which may include trash pick-up, gardening and more.

"No one is ever totally happy. We appreciate that the district attorney's office re-looked at this case and agreed with us that there wasn't evidentiary support on a lot of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Silva," said Allen Sawyer, Silva's attorney.

Those allegations brought over two years ago included a power point presentation by the district attorney and a news conference.

It detailed several felony charges alleging that the former mayor defrauded the Stockton Kids Club, where he was President and CEO, out of millions of dollars.

"He destroyed 45 years of good work with the Boys and Girls Club... for his own personal, ill gotten gain," said San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar on March 6, 2017.

In the end, Silva pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conflict of interest as part of a plea deal.

Silva was accused of donating $5,000 of a mayoral discretionary fund to the Stockton Kids Club as he left City Hall in 2013.

"So, for that he apologized and we think this is an appropriate final resolution. Everything else, all the other allegations have been dismissed," Sawyer said. 

Charges were also dismissed against Sharon Simas, Silva's former mayoral assistant, who was accused of embezzlement, conflict of interest and more.

"I knew that from the beginning of this situation, I knew that the truth would prevail," Simas said.

Sawyer said Silva has started a small business and is trying to rebuild his life.

Prosecutor Robert Himelblau declined to comment after the court hearing.



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