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Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:10 AM

Retired Hayward police sergeant convicted of 9 felonies at highly contentious grand theft trial

HAYWARD — At a highly contentious trial in which jurors saw only a portion of the courtroom drama, retired Hayward police Sgt. Michael Beal was convicted Wednesday of nine counts of felony grand theft for cheating a mentally ill former police confidential informant out of up to $500,000.

Beal, 57, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning after the guilty verdicts were returned. He had been released from jail on his own recognizance during the trial by Judge Thomas Rogers, which is highly unusual in a felony case, despite having $420,000 bail. He faces up to eight years in state prison at his sentencing scheduled for March 29. He already served 19 months in jail while awaiting trial.

The jury heard more than two months of evidence and deliberated for almost three weeks, including over a week with a replacement juror, before finding Beal guilty as charged.

“The length of their deliberations showed there was ample reasonable doubt,” said Beal’s attorney, Austin Thompson. “I’m disappointed, but I think the appeals court will not have a similar delay in overturning the verdicts.”

Read more: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/01/verdict-returns-at-former-hayward-officers-bizarre-grand-theft-trial/

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Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:14 AM

1. You are such a wealth of local stories

that mean something. I really appreciate your posts. I use some of them as the basis for my letters to the editor. Thanks

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Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:23 AM

2. You're welcome and thank you for the kind words.

I try to provide a variety of stories ranging from the serious to the silly and covering a wide range of issues Keeping the state groups active is a great way to keep everyone involved through the times between elections. I wish that I had about three to four times the amount of time available to be a bit more timely. I also find that I've learned much more about the country by reading newspapers from everywhere.

Keep writing those LTTEs. If we ever want things to change then everyone will need to be more involved starting at the local level.

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Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:27 AM

3. Thanks for the encouragement

I like to call my redpublicons and tell him/them that I'm out here watching and demanding.

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