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Shirakawa Sentenced to One Year in County Jail

Once the top elected official in Santa Clara County, George Shirakawa Jr., middle, was immediately remanded after receiving a one-year jail sentence Friday for his pilfering of campaign funds. (Photo by Geoffrey Smith)

Disgraced former county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. will spend the next year in jail for his pilfering of campaign funds. Judge Daniel T. Nishigaya on Friday sentenced Shirakawa, who pleaded guilty this spring to five felonies and seven misdemeanors, to a year behind bars, minus one day served. Following the ruling, he was immediately escorted out of court and taken into custody. A source within the county Sheriff’s Office tells San Jose Inside that Shirakawa will spend his time behind bars in Alameda County. He will receive probation for three years following his release.

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Shirakawa Sentencing Date Set; Mercury News Editorial Board Member Could be Defense Witness

George Shirakawa Jr. will have a sentencing hearing Nov. 8 after pleading guilty this spring to five felonies and seven misdemeanors.

More than seven months since he resigned from office and pleaded guilty to five felonies and seven misdemeanors, former county supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. will finally be sentenced for crimes that include perjury and a misuse of campaign funds. Judge Daniel T. Nishigaya, the third judge to handle the case, set Nov. 8 for sentencing. Defense attorney John Williams said he might call a character witness, who happens to be a member of the Mercury News editorial board.

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Shirakawa Hearing Reveals New Details on Timing of DA’s Charges

Friday’s court hearing focused on the timing of charges against former county supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. (File photo)

George Shirakawa Jr. didn’t attend court for his procedural hearing Friday, disappointing camera crews who were hoping for a shot of the disgraced former county supervisor. And while the brief hearing in Judge Philip Pennypacker’s courtroom didn’t provide much gripping footage for the evening news, it did reveal new details about the fraudulent mailer charges against Shirakawa.

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Shirakawa Sentencing Hearing Continued Due to New Felony Charge

George Shirakawa Jr., right, and his attorney John Williams speak to Judge Philip Pennypacker at Friday’s sentencing hearing.

George Shirakawa Jr. remains free after his hearing Friday, at which he was scheduled to be sentenced for misusing campaign and county funds. Judge Philip Pennypacker chose to delay sentencing the former county supervisor until at least July 19 due to a new felony charge that the District Attorney’s office filed against Shirakawa on Wednesday.

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Shirakawa Pleads Guilty to All Charges

George Shirkawa pleaded guilty Monday to all 12 charges against him. The District Attorney’s office is asking he spend a year in county jail for his crimes. (Photo courtesy of Sing Tao Daily)

Hands loosely clenched, the thumb on George Shirakawa, Jr.’s right hand nervously rubbed back and forth across the inside of his index finger, as Judge Philip H. Pennypacker read the charges against the disgraced former county supervisor. “Guilty, your honor,” Shirakawa said Monday, announcing the same plea after each of the 12 criminal charges against him, which include five felonies—four for perjury and one for misappropriation of public funds—and seven misdemeanors.

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