A state appeals court on Friday reversed five of 11 counts against a former Bell official after concluding that the jury received improper instructions in the municipal corruption case.
Angela Spaccia was convicted in 2013 of pilfering millions from the treasury of a tiny working-class town. As the city’s assistant manager, she was receiving an annual salary of $564,000 by the time she was forced to resign.
At her sentencing, Spaccia received nearly 12 years in state prison and was dubbed a “con artist” who preyed on residents.
“Her weapon is not the weapon that I usually see in cases that come before me,” Los Angeles County Superior...