Court Roundup: Tipton sentencing continued; accused Sosa killers have court date
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Dec 06, 2013 | 4598 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STOCKTON — A Tracy couple who hired a new attorney and filed for a new trial were granted another continuance Monday, Dec. 2, after receiving guilty verdicts for embezzlement in San Joaquin County Superior Court in August.

A jury convicted William Tipton of three counts of grand theft embezzlement and one count of perjury on Aug. 8. Frayba Tipton, his wife, was convicted of two counts of grant theft embezzlement and two counts of perjury.

The jury found the couple guilty of keeping a 2004 Ford Mustang, a 2006 Ford F250 pickup and a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra without paying the lending companies for the purchases.

Judge Lauren Thomasson granted a continuance request by attorney Vittoria Monica Bossi, who is now representing the Tracy couple in their embezzlement case, during a brief hearing Monday.

The case will resume at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Department 14 at the Stockton courthouse.

The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney J.C. Weydert, said outside the courtroom that it could be a couple of months before the Tiptons’ motion for a new trial is resolved.

Weydert said the hearing Monday was to determine if the judge could fit the matter into her court calendar.

After the hearing, the Tiptons refused to comment on the case.

Sosa homicide case continued

In other court news, the two men charged in the killing of Anthony Sosa Jr., 23, of Tracy, will return to the Stockton courthouse at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 for further arraignment.

Manuel Jiminez Pelayo, 21, of Stockton, is charged with willful, deliberate, premeditated murder; being armed with a firearm during a felony; use of a firearm in commission of a felony; intentional and personal discharge of a firearm; street terrorism; carrying a concealed firearm; and carrying a loaded firearm.

Samuel Inguanzo, 20, of Stockton, is charged with willful, deliberate, premeditated murder; street terrorism; accessory after the fact; carrying a concealed firearm; carrying a loaded firearm; and having prior felony convictions and discharging a firearm during a felony.

During a brief hearing on Monday, Dec. 2, Pelayo’s attorney, Samuel Behar, told Judge Seth Hoyt Jr. that both defense attorneys and the prosecutor had agreed to postpone the hearing to Dec. 17. The judge ruled that Pelayo’s and Inguanzo’s arraignment will continue that day in Department 21.

Both men are being held in San Joaquin County Jail, Pelayo on $4 million bail and Inguanzo on $2.9 million bail.

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