Dispensary owner sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for bribery, tax evasion – Santa Maria Times

A Central Coast cannabis dispensary owner was sentenced to just under two years in federal prison Friday after previously pleading guilty to counts of bribery and tax evasion when he tried getting favorable treatment for his business, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. 

Helios “Bobby” Dayspring, 36, of San Luis Obispo appeared before Judge Andre Birotte, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District, where he was sentenced to 22 months in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count each of bribery and subscribing to a false income tax return, according to U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Ciaran McEvoy. 

Dayspring pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2021 and they involved paying now-deceased County Supervisor Adam Hill about $32,000 in bribes in exchange for votes and influence affecting Dayspring’s cannabis business interests. 

On May 17, court documents show that Birotte approved a request by prosecutors to lower Dayspring’s sentence by five months due to his cooperation in the investigation. 

Two years after Helios Dayspring was caught breaking county zoning and state water quality laws — he was illegally expanding a cannabis

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