In November 2013, defendant Brice Lee McKinnon was sentenced to 80 months in state prison following his conviction on five counts of arson.
Moving forward from 2013 to 2017, McKinnon was released from state prison on January 26, 2017 subject to local parole supervision.
Taking a chance on a convicted felon, the owners of the Village Market in Willits hired McKinnon as a store cashier.
To repay this kindness, McKinnon began stealing money from the cash drawer and taking Lottery scratchers. He would cash the winning scratchers that he had stolen from the Village Market inventory at other stores in and around Willits.
Following a criminal investigation undertaken by the Willits Police Department, the District Attorney brought formal charges against McKinnon, now 26 years of age. On June 6, 2017, McKinnon admitted having committed felony grand theft and stipulated to a new state prison sentence of 48 months. He will be formally sentenced on July 21st at 9 o'clock in the morning in Department H of the Ukiah courthouse. Anybody interested in this case or this defendant is welcome to attend that sentencing hearing.
The prosecutor handling this case is District Attorney David Eyster. The investigating law enforcement agencies were the Willits Police Department and the District Attorney's own investigators. The plea was entered before the Honorable John Behnke and Judge Behnke will preside over the July 21st sentencing hearing.