Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No charges in defacing of Elk Grove campaign sign - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County prosecutors will not pursue charges against an Elk Grove mayoral candidate accused earlier this month of defacing a rival's campaign sign, a spokeswoman said.

Shelly Orio, spokeswoman for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, said deciding factors included candidate LaWanna Montgomery's lack of criminal history and the minimal damage done to the sign installed on behalf of mayoral candidate Sophia Scherman.

Montgomery has steadfastly denied she was involved.

In an email Monday night, she said her attorney requested that she not discuss the issue.

Orio described the damage to Scherman's sign as "really very minor."

"The conduct did not warrant prosecution as compared to the resources that would be involved in prosecuting," Orio told The Bee.

Police said they were dispatched to Bruceville Road and Elk Grove Boulevard shortly before midnight on Aug. 4, where witnesses to the vandalism provided a vehicle license plate number.

Police found Montgomery at the registered owner's address, where witnesses reportedly identified her as the one responsible for the vandalism.

Montgomery received a misdemeanor citation.

Scherman said at the time that she would leave resolution of the matter to the legal system.

On Monday she said that she had not heard about the decision not to prosecute.

"I will say that it's a shame that people can destroy other people's property and not be made responsible for the damage," Scherman said.

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