Woman admits lying in grease dumping case

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WALLA WALLA — A woman accused in connection with a grease dumping at the home of YMCA Executive Director Randy Grant has pleaded guilty to a gross-misdemeanor charge and was handed a suspended sentence in Walla Walla County District Court.

Debbie Daly, 59, entered the plea Tuesday to the charge of making false or misleading statements to a public servant. Officials said she initially denied any involvement with the vandalism.

Judge Kristian Hedine sentenced Daly to 90 days in the County Jail, but suspended the jail time and placed her on 24 months of probation. She’ll also have to pay a total of $443 in fines and court fees.

Daly was initially charged with second-degree attempted malicious mischief and second-degree criminal trespass but those counts were dropped in a plea agreement with the prosecution.

A co-defendant, James Sanders, is scheduled for trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court later this month. Sanders, a co-owner of Public House 124 restaurant, is suspected of dumping the mixture of grease and chemicals from his restaurant’s sink trap outside Grant’s home several times between March 2012 and January of this year.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.


This story has been updated to correct the dates of grease-dumping at the home of Randy Grant.

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