Recalled City of Shasta Lake Councilmember Dolores Lucero has been found guilty of felony election fraud.
The jury came back with the guilty verdict around 3:30 Thursday afternoon after deliberating since Wednesday around 2:30 p.m.
Lucero remained stoic as the court clerk read the verdict and the jury was polled.
Afterwards, she said she won’t stop fighting.
“A lot of the people who were witnesses, they lied, OK, and I find that very disturbing that people are willing to do anything to get up in the stand and lie,” Lucero said. “So I think I will continue to fight this. I'm not going to give up."
Lucero was charged with getting people to sign declarations that said Kay Kobe was illegally collecting signatures, several of whom testified they didn’t read the paper.
Lucero’s attorney Aaron Williams said Lucero was the victim of a vendetta, and that Sheriff Tom Bosenko’s arrival to hear the verdict proved it.
“I was very disappointed in that the Sheriff showed up for the verdict,” Williams said. “We contended all along this has been a political prosecution personally signed off by Steve Carlton. We have murder, we have child molest, we have home invasion robberies that the Sheriff doesn’t show up for. The only verdict I’ve ever seen him show up for is Delores Lucero’s verdict.”
Shasta County District Attorney Brandon Storment said he was pleased with the outcome.
“When it took about six hours I was pretty nervous about it, but I know that there was a lot of documents they had to go through,” Storment said. “It was a standard case such as an assault. They had to go through a lot of documents so I understand why it took a lot of time. I think it reflects that they really considered all the evidence in reaching the right verdict.”
Both Dolores Lucero and her attorney Aaron Williams said they will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Sacramento.
Lucero is set to be sentenced on September 12.
Her case has been referred to the Shasta County Probation Department. Storment said it would be highly unlikely for her to get jail time and he most certainly wouldn’t push for it.