A Tracy couple guilty of embezzlement retained a new lawyer after firing their attorney last week, delaying their sentencing in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 25.
William Tipton was convicted by a jury on Aug. 8 of three counts of grand theft embezzlement and one count of perjury. Frayba Tipton, his wife, was convicted of two counts of grant theft embezzlement and two counts of perjury.
During a brief hearing Monday in the Stockton courthouse, Judge Lauren Thomasson granted the Tiptons’ new attorney, David Wellenbrock, a week’s continuation before she pronounces their sentencing, according to case prosecutor C.J. Weydert.
The sentencing was rescheduled to 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Department 14.
The couple’s former attorney, Russell Humphrey, said Friday, Nov. 22, that he received an email from the Tiptons the day before their Nov. 21 sentencing hearing. He said they informed him that they were going to hire a new lawyer for the sentencing portion of their case.
According to Weydert, the couple has also filed a motion for a new trial on the embezzlement charges of which a jury found them guilty Aug. 8.
The Tiptons could be sentenced to two to four years in jail for each count of perjury and 16 months in jail for each count of embezzlement.
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