Public Defender Convicted Of Providing Firearm To Felon, Keeps Her Job

Andrea Bayer faces up to four years in prison, but prosecutors expect her to be sentenced to probation.

San Diego, CA – A San Diego public defense attorney accused of providing a gun to a felon pleaded guilty to the offense on Oct. 12.

Andrea Bayer, 37, had previously pleaded not guilty in San Diego Superior Court to felony charges of furnishing a firearm to a felon and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a felon, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

On Oct. 12, as part of a plea agreement, Bayer pleaded guilty to the felony count of furnishing a firearm to a felon, an offense that occurred sometime between Feb. 4 and June 29.

In exchange, the second felony count against her was dismissed.

Bayer, who has worked with the Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2005, was placed on leave on July 30, shortly before her arrest on Aug. 1, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

She was released on her own recognizance on the same day.

Despite her guilty plea, she remains employed, San Diego County Public Defender Randy Mize told The San Diego Union-Tribune the day after her change of plea hearing.

According to Mize, the State Bar may revoke Bayer’s license to practice law, because the felony conviction is considered to be a crime of moral turpitude.

“This is beyond heartbreaking,” Mize said.

According to a State Bar spokesperson, the California Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether or not to suspend or disbar Bayer.

Bayer was not taken into custody after pleading guilty to the felony weapons offense, and was allowed to remain free on her own recognizance until sentencing.

Her sentencing will not take place until sometime after April 5, 2019, when the attorneys and judge will meet again to schedule the sentencing hearing date.

Instead of sentencing her to up to four years in prison, Deputy District Attorney Oscar Hagstrom said that he and Bayer’s lawyer, Domenic Lombardo, expect the judge will likely place Bayer on probation.

Although the circumstances of Bayer’s charges have not been made public, Saul Tellechea told The San Diego Union-Tribune that the incident involved his 39-year-old twin sons, Matthew and Michael Tellechea.

Both are in jail for charges including attempted murder, manufacturing hash oil, arson, brandishing a firearm, vandalism, and making threats.

Saul said Bayer, who met his sons while jogging on the beach, simply purchased a firearm for her own protection, but then stored the weapon in a locked safe inside the twins’ home.

“The charges against them are made up,” Tellechea said, referring to his sons. “Andrea never gave them a gun. They didn’t have the key.”

Comments (29)
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JBo
JBo

California. Who woulda thunk it? When i saw the headline...I knew.

DGraves
DGraves

Poor snowflake, it’s just not fair. Laws don’t apply to her.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

That's sickens me.....and she will get probation ? Wow California really is the "home of the criminals"

Grog
Grog

California really is a f**ked up state!

Riverrat34653
Riverrat34653

So: She bought a firearm for self protection. OK. But then she either stores it it someone elses home or lives with 2 accused murders. That went downhill quick.

Lexao9193
Lexao9193

Nothing I can say that will show my disgust in this

walkintall
walkintall

I left California permanently long ago, and i'm happy I did, but..........Why is this felon not in custody? Why?

61mouse
61mouse

I was following the story until the end then I got dizzy

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

💩🙀Someone, please buy our house, we want out of California!!!!👽 It’s like living in an asylum. 🤡👿🤬

ssMarilyn
ssMarilyn

If she bought the gun for her own protection... why did she keep it in a safe at someone else's house? She ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

All I have to say is, (with no disrespect or blame to the writer or this website) after the whole story, there is only a one long sentence of explanation to what her circumstances are. Why isn’t it made public yet? If it were any of the brothers and sisters in blue who made any other mistake, the story plus all the details would be all over the news for everyone to read, because the “Media and Public have a right to know” Yet, it reads about “she pleaded guilty, one felony charge dropped, and they expect probation and she still has her job and on and on.” The Blue family, We, are the ones making split second decisions in the blink of an eye, but she clearly had days, maybe even weeks time to process what she was doing..... She bought a gun for safety, but kept it at someone whom she’d met jogging on the beach’s house? Really? Wow. Anyway, Be safe my blue family. I hope the public finally realizes that we too are human and are not perfect, but yet we are expected to be damn near it, and that these supposedly smart, college educated people, aren’t always right!

Woobie46
Woobie46

I will reply BEFORE reading other comments. This is unconscionable. She should be jailed just the same as anyone else who furnished a gun to a felon. However, it's worse than that: she's an officer of the court. She TOTALLY knew better and just decided to ignore both her personal and professional duties to the state and to her fellow CA citizens. I am of the opinion that we all will one day have to band together and take back some of these states that have given in to anarchy.

Mike Bullets
Mike Bullets

Lets call a Spade a Spade. If this were a MALE DA his ass would have been Put in cuffs NO BAIL, and would have done hard time. Because she is a CRYING female the courts Always go lenient on them. Rape cases, assaults, Domestic abuse, child abuse, robberies, burglaries. Women should be prosecuted to the law just like anyone else. Stop with this woman lib crap, you want equality then you should be treated the same PERIOD.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mom2Boys I may be interested in buying your house. What area are you in and when was your last inspection?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Women always get lighter sentences then a man would get for the same offence. Very common. 🤔

Master The Dream
Master The Dream

Complete BS

HH3
HH3

What is soooo sad is that AFTER April 5, 2019 they will meet to schedule the sentencing hearing!!!! That means it could be a year or more before that hearing takes place. If it ever does!