Phonehenge West Creator Sentenced To Jail Time For Not Paying For His Creation's Demolition
This has got to hurt: the creator of the kooky "Phonehenge West" is being sent to jail. His crime? Not paying back the county for the cost of demolishing his creation last year.
The retired phone technician Alan Kimble Fahey built Phonehenge West on his Acton property over the course of decades, but county code enforcement officials were not impressed. He was charged and eventually convicted of 12 misdemeanor counts of building code violations.
The structure was demolished in August 2011, and Fahey was tasked with paying back the county $83,488 for the demolition as a condition of his probation. So far he has paid back only $1,250, pleading financial hardship.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell said this week that Fahey wasn't forthcoming about his true financial status and said that he "knowingly and willfully disobeyed" the terms of his probation. For that, he sentenced Fahey to 539 days in jail—or about 18 months, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Prosecutors said Fahey showed a blatant disregard for authority and had no one to blame but himself. Fahey's supporters argued his was a "victimless crime." Fahey's attorney, Jerry E. Lennon, said that given that his offense was nonviolent and that Fahey has a heart condition, he will be eligible for early release.
The Christian Science Monitor has a piece about the case and points out other similar cases from around the country.