A man who was voted off the San Jacinto City Council by his colleagues this summer after being charged with illegally operating a marijuana dispensary and domestic violence pleaded guilty in those cases on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and was sentenced to a year in jail.
With credits, Joel Lopez, also known as Joel Lopezdeanda, will serve 241 days in custody, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Lopez, 36, made his pleas to the court, admitting to felony charges of conspiracy and maintaining an unlawful marijuana facility and misdemeanor charges of selling cannabis without a permit and failure to file a sales and use tax return with the state.
The DA’s office argued for a prison sentence for Lopez, an argument that was acknowledged by the judge.
On June 23, Lopez’s co-defendant, Edward Padilla, 33, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 163 days in the county work-release program.
In the domestic violence case, Lopez pleaded guilty to felony counts of assault with a deadly (non-firearm) weapon, making criminal threats and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, as well as a misdemeanor count of that latter charge.
Lopez will serve the