Glenn Golay guilty plea, sentencing tomorrow

Published on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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I just got off the phone with Roger Brown, the general manager of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. He tells me that former district treasurer Glenn Golay, accused of stealing about $468,000 from the district, is set to enter a guilt plea and be sentenced tomorrow, July 14. The sentencing will happen at 8:30 in the morning in department three, judge Charles Snyder's courtroom, in Whatcom County Superior Court (the third floor of the county courthouse). I've confirmed this information with the superior court criminal clerk.

Golay had been the treasurer for the Birch Bay  Water and Sewer District for 23 years until he admitted to Brown earlier this year that he had stolen district funds. After Brown fired Golay, Whatcom County's sheriff's deputies arrested Golay on February 23. Golay pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of first-degree theft in March.

In June, county prosecuting attorney James Hulbert indicated that plea deal negotiations with Golay's attorney Sheila Bommakanti were underway. I've never been able to get a hold of Bommakanti for comment on the case.

For more details on the case and what the water and sewer district's reaction was, see my story here. The Washington State Auditor's Office also released a report detailing Golay's alleged theft, which I wrote about here. A PDF of the full auditor's report can be read here.

Look for a complete story on Golay's plea and sentencing online within the next few days and in the Thursday, July 21, issue of The Northern Light.
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