The husband of a Moorpark councilwoman has been sentenced to nine months in jail and five years' probation for stealing thousands of dollars worth of gems from a jewelry store.
William Teasley, 39, pleaded guilty to two charges of grand theft in September for taking a one-carat diamond and a diamond cluster ring from Anderson Jewelers in Moorpark.
Authorities say Teasley, claiming he wanted to learn the gem trade, persuaded store owner Dave Pardo to let him observe Pardo's work. Soon, Teasley began stealing jewelry and prying gems from their settings, authorities said.
Although Teasley has no prior criminal record, Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary Peace said the sophistication of the crimes warranted a jail sentence. She asked the court for a year in County Jail, but Superior Court Judge Donald Coleman decided on nine months.