SHS thief gets 60 days jail

By Alex MacLean / The Union Democrat

A former Sonora High School employee was sentenced Monday to 60 days in Tuolumne County Jail and five years probation for stealing money and equipment from the school earlier this year.

Jakob McMurray, 24, of Coulterville, pleaded guilty Aug. 27 to one count of felony grand theft as part of an agreement with the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office.

McMurray was sentenced in court Monday by Tuolumne County Superior Court Presiding Judge Eric L. DuTemple, who ordered that McMurray serve the time in jail followed immediately by four months of electronic GPS monitoring administered by the Tuolumne County Probation Department.

Sonora police were tipped off in March by Sonora Union High School District officials about a stolen deposit bag containing $3,700 cash belonging to the Sonora High School Associated Student Body, which uses the money generated through various school activities to fund student programs.

The investigation led Sonora police to McMurray, who was working as a custodian at the school. Upon questioning, McMurray admitted to taking the money and returned it. He also admitted to taking other school property worth more than $6,700 over a six-month period.

McMurray returned most of the stolen items, which included digital cameras and lenses, tools from the auto shop, wireless microphones and amplifiers, but some were no longer in his possession.

He resigned from the school district March 7 and surrendered himself to authorities around the same time.

McMurray was handcuffed and remanded to the custody of Tuolumne County Jail immediately following Monday's hearing.

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