The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar

Splash! Summer guide

HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

Attorney sentenced to 30 days in jail for theft

EVERETT — As an attorney, Stephen Conroy had a higher duty to follow the law, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Millie Judge said Thursday.
Conroy’s recent conviction for theft represented a significant breach of the public trust, the judge said.
She ordered Conroy’s arrest in the courtroom, sentencing him to 30 days in the county jail.
Conroy was placed in handcuffs by a marshal. He sat cuffed in the jury box while attorneys wrapped up the paperwork.
It was an unexpected outcome for the 66-year-old, who was accused of stealing about $6,000 from a client.
Conroy has maintained that it was a contract dispute, not a theft. Lynnwood police disagreed.
Prosecutors and Conroy’s attorneys had jointly recommended a sentence of community service rather than jail time, which Judge denied.
“I’m very disappointed in the actions that took place here,” she said.
The defense attorney attempted to argue with the judge, asking if she would consider house arrest instead.
“I will not,” she said.
Conroy practiced law for four decades, his attorney said. He had no previous criminal history and has since been disbarred. In his career, Conroy had been a mentor to others, and took on many cases as charity, the attorney said.
“What happened here is unfortunate and regrettable,” the defense attorney said.
The conviction, however, was not Conroy’s first time in trouble.
He was a longtime municipal court judge in south county until about 15 years ago.
He resigned from that position after a state’s Judicial Conduct Commission investigation found that he’d dismissed a traffic citation for a woman he had dated.
In the theft case, Conroy entered a modified plea, denying wrongdoing but saying that a jury would be likely to convict him at trial.
It’s been a frustrating situation, Conroy told the court.
“I’m sorry,” he said.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » LynnwoodCrimePoliceProsecution

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

HeraldNet highlights

A perfect picnic
A perfect picnic: What you need for a romantic date or a family trip
Determined to overcome
Determined to overcome: As Oso couple rebuild their lives, they focus on the good
Opportunity knocks
Opportunity knocks: Lynch’s holdout opens door for Seahawks' Michael, Turbin
Hangover? What hangover?
Hangover? What hangover?: Expectations nothing new for Super Bowl champions